Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Daily draft dish: Sammy the sensational
By Rich Cimini
Every morning, from now until draft day (May 8), we'll provide a draft factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.
Consider this a tease.
Unless the Jets pull a blockbuster trade to move into the top five -- highly unlikely -- they won't be able to draft Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. He's considered the best in a deep pool of receivers, and one of the reasons is his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. He gained 1,044 receiving yards after the catch in 2013, the most of any receiver from a BCS, automatic-qualifying school. Over his career, he gained 66 percent of his receiving yards after the catch, the highest percentage of any of the receiver prospects.
Wait, there's more: Clemson's quarterbacks were 14-of-17 with eight touchdowns when targeting Watkins 15 yards or longer downfield last season. Those are "wow" numbers.
Someone will get a terrific receiver. It won't be the Jets.