2017 NFL DRAFT

Sammy Watkins, WR

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 211 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
411
Career Notes
Watkins finished his career with 240 receptions for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns. The reception total and yardage total are Clemson records and the touchdown total tied former teammate DeAndre Hopkins, who is now with the Houston Texans of the NFL.He finishes his career ranked second in ACC history in career receptions and third in reception yardage. He is tied for eighth in touchdown receptions and tied for second in 100-yard receiving games with 15. He finished his career with 5,129 all-purpose yards, second in Clemson history to C.J. Spiller's 7,588 and ninth in ACC history.
2013 Season
Watkins finished his Clemson career in grand style as he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Discover Orange Bowl. He had 16 receptions for 227 yards and two scores in Clemson's 40-35 win over sixth-ranked Ohio State. The 16 receptions and 227 receiving yards established a Clemson single game record and an Orange Bowl record. The 16 receptions also tied an ACC standard for any game and established a record for a BCS Bowl game. The 227 yards were the second most receiving yards in any BCS Bowl game.Watkins finished the 2013 season with 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke Clemson records for receptions in a season (Aaron Kelly 88 in 2007) and receiving yards (DeAndre Hopkins 1,405 in 2012).The native of Fort Myers, FL was a first-team All-American this year by the American Football Coaches Association and was a finalist for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award. In terms of national rankings this year, Watkins was seventh in reception yards per game with 112.6, 10th in touchdown receptions with 12, and 11th in receptions/game with 7.8. He led the nation in receptions vs. teams with a winning record with 67 and was second in yardage with 1,009. He was the only player in the nation with two receptions of at least 90 yards.
2012 Season
First-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly ... honorable mention sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com ... third-team All-ACC by Phil Steele ... Honorable Mention All-ACC selection (media, coaches) ... had 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns, 97 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown, three punt returns for 11 yards, and 13 kickoff returns for 257 yards in 403 snaps over 10 games (seven starts) ... sixth in school history in receptions per game (5.7) ... sixth in the ACC in receptions per game, seventh in all-purpose yards per game (107.3), and eighth in receiving yards per game (70.8) ... served a two-game suspension, as he missed the Auburn and Ball State games to start the season ... had four receptions for 52 yards and a 58-yard rushing touchdown, the first of his career, against Furman on Sept. 15.Had six receptions for 24 yards, 37 yards on five carries, was 1-2 passing for 52 yards and a touchdown, and had 48 yards on three kickoff returns at #4 Florida State on Sept. 22 ... missed the Boston College game on Sept. 29 due to an abdominal virus ... had six receptions for 42 yards, four yards on two carries, and 71 yards on four kickoff returns against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6 ... had a game-high eight receptions for 84 yards and a game-high 123 all-purpose yards against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20 ... had eight receptions for 202 yards and a touchdown along with a four-yard carry at Wake Forest on Oct. 25; he became the first Tiger in history to total 200 receiving yards in a game; he had three receptions of at least 50 yards, all in the first half; named ACC Receiver-of-the-Week; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game.Had six receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown and two kickoff returns for 42 yards at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had four receptions for 60 yards and a 39-yard kickoff return against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had a game-high 11 receptions for a team-high 110 yards and a touchdown along with a 19-yard kickoff return against N.C. State on Nov. 17 ... had a team-high four receptions for 37 yards against #12 South Carolina on Nov. 24 ... played just one snap against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31; he suffered an injury on the second play of the game ... one of 16 Heisman Trophy Watch List members in the preseason by HeismanPundit.com.Walter Camp Award Watch List member in the preseason ... Maxwell Award Watch List member in the preseason ... Hornung Award Watch List member in the preseason ... preseason first-team All-American and rated as the #6 candidate for the Heisman Trophy by Athlon ... #11 player in the nation in the preseason by Yahoo! Sports ... preseason first-team All-American (wide receiver and kick returner) by Blue Ribbon Magazine and Phil Steele ... preseason first-team All-American by CBSSports.com, Lindy's, SI.com, and USA Today ... #2 wide receiver in the nation in the preseason by Lindy's ... Preseason ACC Player-of-the-Year ... preseason ACC offensive player-of-the-year by Lindy's ... preseason First-Team All-ACC ... preseason first-team All-ACC (wide receiver and kick returner) by ESPN.com and Phil Steele ... preseason first-team All-ACC by Lindy's ... #1 player in the ACC in the preseason by Athlon.
2011 Season
National freshman-of-the-year by Columbus (OH) Touchdown Club, Rivals.com, and Sporting News ... national offensive freshman-of-the-year by CollegeFootballNews.com ... first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and Rivals.com; he became Clemson's first freshman to be named a first-team All-American ... first-team All-American (all-purpose) by AP and FoxSports.com; he became the first freshman in ACC history to be an AP First-Team All-American; he became just the fourth first-year freshman in NCAA history to earn AP First-Team All-America honors, joining Herschel Walker (1980) of Georgia, Marshall Faulk (1991) of San Diego State, and Adrian Peterson (2004) of Oklahoma.First-team All-American (kickoff returner) by SI.com ... second-team All-American by Phil Steele ... honorable mention All-American by SI.com ... ACC Rookie-of-the-Year ... ACC freshman-of-the-year by CBSSports.com ... first-team freshman All-American by CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Football Writers Association, Phil Steele, Rivals.com, and Sporting News ... first-team freshman All-American (return specialist) by Phil Steele ... one of 15 semifinalists for the Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year Award; he was the only freshman or sophomore among the semifinalists ... one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award ... added to the Maxwell Award Watch List in October ... one of 20 players on the CFPA National Freshman Performer-of-the-Year Trophy Watch List ... Banks McFadden Award (Offense) winner by the Greenville Touchdown Club.First-Team All-ACC selection (media) as a wide receiver and Second-Team All-ACC selection (media) as a specialist; he became the first Tiger freshman to earn First-Team All-ACC honors since 1995 (Anthony Simmons) and the first-ever Tiger freshman wide receiver to earn First-Team All-ACC honors ... first-team All-ACC by CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, and Phil Steele ... first-team All-ACC (kickoff returner) by Phil Steele ... had 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns, 231 yards on 32 carries, and 33 kickoff returns for 826 yards and one touchdown for 2,288 all-purpose yards in 656 snaps over 13 games (10 starts) ... averaged 14.9 yard per reception, 7.2 yards per carry, and 25.0 yard per kickoff return ... was 1-1 passing for nine yards.First in school history in kickoff returns, first in kickoff return yards, second in receiving yards, second in receiving yards per game (93.8), second in receiving touchdowns, second in all-purpose yards, tied for second in receptions, tied for third in receptions per game (6.3), and tied for 10th in touchdowns (13) ... fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards per game (176.0) and 16th in receiving yards per game ... first in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game, second in receiving yards per game, second in kickoff return average, third in receptions per game, and tied for third in points (touchdowns) per game (6.0) ... set the school freshman and first-year freshman records with 13 total touchdowns ... had a game-high seven receptions for a game-high 81 yards and a touchdown in his first career game against Troy on Sept. 3; he scored the touchdown on his first career touch and on the second offensive play of the season with 14:34 left in the first quarter; he added five yards on two carries and a 12-yard punt return.Had four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, 30 yards on three carries, and 110 yards on five kickoff returns for a game-high 196 all-purpose yards; named ACC Rookie-of-the-Week ... had a game-high 10 receptions for a game-high 155 yards and two touchdowns along with 44 yards on seven carries for a game-high 199 all-purpose yards against #19 Auburn on Sept. 17; he set the Clemson freshman record for receptions and receiving yards in a game; named national freshman-of-the-week by Rivals.com; named ACC Receiver-of-the-Week and ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; received a Helmet Sticker on ESPN College Gameday Final; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game ... had seven receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns, 13 yards on three carries, and a 21-yard kickoff return for a game-high 175 all-purpose yards against #11 Florida State on Sept. 24; named national freshman-of-the-week by Rivals.com; named ACC Receiver-of-the-Week.Had three receptions for 38 yards and four yards on three carries at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1 ... had seven receptions for a game-high 152 yards against Boston College on Oct. 8; named ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... had eight receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns, a 33-yard rush, and 207 yards and a touchdown on five kickoff returns to set a school record for all-purpose yards (345); all three of his touchdowns came in the second half with the Tigers trailing, while his 89-yard kickoff return for a score with 7:24 left in the game gave Clemson the lead for good; named national player-of-the-week, national freshman-of-the-week, and ACC player-of-the-week by Rivals.com; named national kickoff returner-of-the-week by CFPA; named ACC Receiver-of-the-Week and ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game ... had eight receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown along with 96 yards on four kickoff returns against North Carolina on Oct. 22.Had nine receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown, a seven-yard carry, 124 yards on six kickoff returns, and was 1-1 passing for nine yards at Georgia Tech on Oct. 29; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... had five receptions for 62 yards, 32 yards on two carries, and 103 yards on four kickoff returns for a game-high 197 all-purpose yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury against Wake Forest on Nov. 12; missed the N.C. State game on Nov. 19 due to the injury ... had five receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown, 55 yards on five carries, and a 22-yard kickoff return for a game-high 157 all-purpose yards against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3 ... had five receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown, a two-yard carry, and 143 yards on seven kickoff returns for a team-high 211 all-purpose yards against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
High School
Unanimous national top-50 recruit by all the services ... #9 player in the nation, #1 wide receiver in the nation, #4 player in Florida by 247Sports.com ... #15 player and #3 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com ... #39 player and #4 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN.com ... #41 player and #5 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com ... #48 player in the nation by MaxPreps.com ... #18 player in the nation, #2 player in Florida, and #3 wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep.MaxPreps.com First-Team All-American ... led his team to the AAA state semifinals with 54 catches for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior; added scores on two kickoff returns, two punt returns, and three interception returns ... helped South Fort Myers High School to an 11-1 record and the state semifinals ... all-time leading receiver in the history of Lee County with 133 catches for 2,997 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career ... had eight 100-yard receiving games as a senior ... ran the "Wildcat" in a state playoff game when he gained 133 yards on just six carries and scored three touchdowns; also threw a touchdown pass ... averaged 11.8 yards per carry in his career.Had 46 catches for 1,192 yards and 14 scores as a junior ... had 33 receptions for 537 yards and 10 scores as a sophomore ... first-team all-state as a junior and senior ... player-of-the-year by Naples Daily News as a senior ... played in the U.S. Army All-American game ... won the AA state title in the 200m and finished second in the 100m as a senior ... fifth in the 100m and sixth in the 200m at the state meet as a junior ... coached by Grant Redhead at South Fort Myers High ... recruited by Brad Scott.
Personal
His brother, Jaylen, was a 2010 U.S. Army All-American and is a member of the Florida football team ... majoring in communication studies ... born June 14, 1993.
 
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Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 1/4 -- Sammy Watkins, WR, 6-1, 211, Clemson...The Bills made a bold move to go up and get him at Cleveland's spot, and it cost them a first-round pick in 2015, but he was clearly their highest-rated player on the board. Just as important, he fills a need as the Bills have lacked a dominant, go-to receiver. Watkins had dazzling freshman and junior seasons, while his sophomore year was interrupted by a two-game suspension due to a marijuana possession charge. Watkins learned from that mistake and returned to first-team, All-America status as a junior, after being just the fourth first-year freshman to earn first-team status. He finished his career with 240 catches for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns. He will very likely start on opening day, especially now that Stevie Johnson has been traded. - The Sports Xchange
 

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