Saturday, February 22, 2014
Watkins has interviewed with Browns
By Pat McManamon
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sammy Watkins is not short of confidence.
The Clemson wide receiver, who said he hopes to break the Combine record in the 40-yard dash, said the Cleveland Browns drafting him with the fourth overall pick would be a “great decision.”
The Browns clearly have interest in Watkins. Coach Mike Pettine gushed about him, and Watkins said he had informal and formal interviews with the team's coaching staff. Watkins is well aware that in Cleveland he’d share the field with Josh Gordon, but he’s very comfortable with the idea.
“I think Josh Gordon is probably one of the top receivers in the NFL,” Watkins said. “He led receivers this year with 1,700 yards. I’d kind of take the pressure off of him with being double-covered or them flipping coverage to his side. It’d be a nightmare for (defenses) to match up.”
Watkins said he can line up anywhere -- including running back -- and he can run any route, though there are many ways he can improve. He’s probably the fastest draftable player, and has unique quickness.
At just over six feet, he does not have Gordon’s size, but his hands and physical play and speed have many teams talking.
“I think I can run by just about anybody,” he said. “That’s my objective. That’s my motive. ... That’s what type of guy I am. I think I can score on just about any play.”