Sammy Watkins is the best wide receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft. Just ask him.
Jim Rome did just that Tuesday on CBS Sports Network's ROME and Watkins obliged with the answer you'd expect a top talent to give.
“I feel like I'm the No. 1 wide receiver. I feel like I can fill that void in the NFL of being that No. 1 wide receiver on a team," Watkins said. "And I feel like I separated myself from other wide receivers — we do have a great draft of wide receivers — but I think I have everything a wide receiver has. Versatility, catching and running the ball, jumping for the ball and using my speed."
Interesting that Watkins doesn't just think he's the No. 1 receiver but a No. 1 receiver. That's what teams want when they invest a top-10 pick in a wideout, one of the riskier positions to gamble on at the top of the draft, guys like A.J. Green and Julio Jones excluded.
But it's strange to hear Watkins say he hasn't had "any workouts" with NFL teams yet. Typically at this stage you'd think folks would be working out a talent like the Clemson wideout.
"Anywhere between 1 and 10 I think I can get myself in the top 10," Watkins told Rome. "I have a gut about a couple of teams. I haven't had any workouts, I haven't had any visits. So right now it's been a slow process for me just working out and waiting for a private workout."
As for where he'd like to play, Watkins said he was pretty enthusiastic about most of the teams at the top of the draft, preferring to land somewhere with a "great quarterback."
"All 32 teams right now. For me I would say a great organization with a great quarterback and someone I can learn from," Watkins said. "I think the Rams have that, Detroit, the Raiders. I think the Browns have that. Of course the Texans but it would definitely be a pleasure to go in the top 10."
Watkins and I (along with most people) might disagree with what constitutes a "great quarterback" -- not so sure the Browns and Raiders qualify just yet -- but the good news for whoever's under center there is that adding Watkins will make their life much, much easier.