INDIANAPOLIS – Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is a big fan of Cleveland wide receiver
The Browns, with a new offensive coaching staff, might well be looking to find a receiver to complement the talented Gordon next season.
Watkins, who is considered as one of the most physically-gifted players at his position, would be a solid candidate to fill that role. Cleveland is blessed with plenty of draft picks, 10 overall, and would be a great landing spot for the multi-talented receiver.
After meeting with the league’s media at the combine, it seems as if Watkins -- who has already spoken to Browns officials -- has given the possibility some thought.
“For me, Josh Gordon is one of the top receivers in the NFL. He led receivers with (1,646) yards. I’d kind of take some pressure off him with double coverage and them flipping the coverage to his side. It would become a nightmare (for opponents) for us to match up with each other,” he said.
“I checked the Cleveland Browns out and they had the (tied for 27th) overall rushing yards during the season. For them to get me would be a great decision.”
He has good size (6-foot-1, 211 pounds), great speed (unofficially timed at a blistering 4.34 Sunday) and has the ability to catch a short pass and turn it into a touchdown.
“For me, I try to be physical out there on the field as far as getting off press, blocking down the field. To be that dominant receiver, I need to have that total package, everyone knows all wide receivers can catch balls and score. But for me I’m focusing on the little things – blocking, getting off the press and being a physical, dominant receiver,” Watkins said.
Prior to coming to the Combine, he had a definite “to-do” list of things that he wanted to work and try to improve on.
“Everything, as far as route running, that’s what I’ve got to improve in to become a dominant player in the NFL. And that’s where I’ve been putting my focus at all through my training. I think I got better over the course of training and I will have some pretty crisp and nice routes out there (during combine drills),” Watkins explained.
While not coming across as cocky or arrogant, he is confident in his skill set.
“For me, I think I can do just about anything on the field from wide receiver to running back to slot I can make plays all over the field. What I love doing is dominating defenses,” Watkins said.
“I think that’s what I bring to the game and I think that’s going to turn over to the NFL. When I come into the NFL I think I can be that dominant receiver.”
“For me, I think I can run by just about anybody. That’s my objective, that’s my motive. Fly route, home run, post, that’s the kind of guy I am,” he said. “I feel like I can score on just about any play on any route when I get the ball and that’s the mentality you have to have as a receiver.”
This Road to the Draft segment is driven by Liberty Ford.