2014 NFL Scouting Combine: Sammy Watkins meets with New York Jets, Cleveland Browns

Sammy Watkins

Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Armani Reeves (26) during their game in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

While there is a ton of debate over who the top quarterback, running back or outside linebacker is for the 2014 NFL draft, there is zero debate about who the top wide receiver is with former Clemson Tigers receiver Sammy Watkins the consensus pick as the top at his position and he’s hoping to run crazy during the on-field workouts on Sunday.

And he’s got the typical confidence a No. 1 wide receiver has.

Even the bookmakers are getting in to the fun as they have a over/under bet on what his time in the 40 will be.

If Watkins runs a time in the low 4.3 range then the St. Louis Rams may have to think long and hard about taking the dynamic Watkins with the second overall selection despite their glaring need for an offensive tackle and Watkins saying he has not met with the Rams and wasn’t sure if they’ll be on his schedule.

Watkins says he has already met with the New York Jets who own the No. 18 pick, but barring a significant trade to move up, they will not be in position to take him.

But perhaps the Cleveland Browns could if their quarterback is gone when they’re on the clock with the fourth pick. Watkins says he and Josh Gordon would be a nightmare for defenses if the Browns draft him and they have already had a formal interview with Watkins who says it would be a “great decision” to draft him.

If the Browns pass on him, which would appear likely, then perhaps he slips to the Detroit Lions at No. 10 where Watkins said it “would be a blessing” to be paired opposite Calvin Johnson.

Whoever does take Watkins early in the first round will be getting a player who can make an immediate impact in the same mold of an A.J. Green and Julio Jones.

Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Sammy Watkins

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  • Paul Newbold

    Please Mr Idzik do not trade up!! Watkins is extremely talented, he’s fast, has great hands, and has all the makings of a top notch WR in the pros. I by some miracle he fell to #18, then fine. To trade up to the #2 spot, some experts have predicted it would take at least 4 picks, including our #1, #2 an one of thirds to go along with a late mid rounder!! We have 8 picks to trade (compensatory picks can’t be traded), so essentially it would be the top 50% of the draft year for one player! Our team has far too many holes to even consider such a trade!

  • Gary

    Watkins would look great wearing a Browns uniform

  • Todd Limpert

    IF hes there at 4 Cleveland will take him unles Bridgewater is still on the board. You writers really need to get off the Manziel hype the guy is a 3 rd pick the 2 stooges are gone. Framer will not take him

    • John Duquette

      That a big 10 -4 and my fondest hope

  • straw walker

    Browns already have two great receivers, WR and a TE, more need at QB

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