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Watkins selected No. 4 overall in the NFL draft by the Bills

by TigerNet Staff - Thursday, May 8, 2014 8:40 PM
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Pos: WR   Height: 6-1   Weight: 205   Hometown: Fort Myers, FL (South Fort Myers HS)  
Years Played: 2011 - 2013
Clemson, SC -- Clemson receiver Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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was selected with the 4th pick in the NFL draft in New York City on Thursday evening by the Buffalo Bills.

"I thought they were messing with me when they said they were going to pick me," Watkins said on the NFL Network. "But they trust in me and they believe in me and now it’s time to start playing."

The Cleveland Browns had the 4th pick but traded it to Buffalo for the Bills' No. 9 pick and 2 picks next year (1st Round and 4th Round). Watkins joins former Tigers C.J. Spiller, Jonathan Meeks, Antoine McClain and Chris Hairston with the Bills.

"He is a beast in the open field after the catch," ESPN Analyst Mel Kiper said on the live draft show. "He is one of the best I have seen in 36 years of doing this [scouting]. When the ball is his hands in the open field he will run you over."

Watkins is the fourth Clemson player ever to attend the NFL Draft in New York, joining Chester McGlockton (1992), Gaines AdamsGaines Adams
Defensive End
# 6-5, 260
Greenwood, SC

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(2007) and C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
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Lake Butler, FL

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(2010).

Watkins tied for the highest draft pick in Clemson history. Banks McFadden (1939, Brooklyn) and Gaines Adams (2007, Tampa Bay) were both the number-four selection of the NFL draft after their respective senior seasons.

"This is the most exciting player in the NFL Draft," former All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewsi said on ESPN's live show. "He is what the game is going to. A playmaker that I can get the ball in his hands. He can make any play from anywhere on the field. Sammy Watkins is the most dynamic receiver that we’ve seen come out in the last five to ten years of football because of his explosiveness. What a lot of people don’t understand about him is his eye control and his ability to catch the ball with his hands. A lot of fast receivers, you don’t see them catch the ball with their hands. That is what makes him such a dynamic receiver. This is an awesome pick for them. I just think this is truly special."

Watkins had a record-breaking season for the Tigers with 101 receptions for 1464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a finalist for the Biletnikof Award and was a first-team All-American. He finished his Clemson career as the schools career leader in receptions and reception yardage. In his final game he had a Clemson record 16 receptions for a record 227 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson’s 40-35 win over Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl.














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