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Sammy Watkins counts on mother

Updated: May 11, 2014, 1:54 PM ET
By Jane McManus | espnW.com

NEW YORK -- In the hours before Sammy Watkins crossed the NFL draft stage, his mother, Nicole McMiller, tightened up the narrow coils of his long hair. It's a simple ritual, one they've had since Watkins was in sixth grade and started to grow out his hair.

There were times when he was younger, Watkins said, when he could gauge his mother's frustration in the brusque way she moved her fingers. She remembers giving his hair a quick tug if he fidgeted.

But on ...

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