NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks has put together a projected season stat line for Bills top pick Sammy Watkins along with a handful of other top rookie prospects for the 2014 season.
Brooks believes Watkins can be a dynamic weapon for Buffalo. He’s just not sure when it will all kick in for the Clemson product. Here’s his prediction.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
Best-case scenario: The Bills are counting on Watkins to add juice to the passing game as the No. 1 option on the perimeter. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound speedster is a dynamic catch-and-run playmaker who also excels as a deep threat on the outside. With the Bills increasing the pace and tempo of their attack this season, Watkins will get plenty of touches on quick throws, bubble screens and deep shots designed to take advantage of a fatigued defense. With an offense looking for more explosive plays in the passing game, Buffalo should work to get Watkins at least six to eight touches per game.
Worst-case scenario: Rookie receivers typically struggle with the NFL transition, thanks to the complexities of the pro passing game. Watkins could encounter some growing pains, considering that he played in a spread offense at Clemson that didn’t feature a lot of route conversions based on coverage. (Thus, he might have a tough time identifying sight adjustments and hot routes in the Bills’ passing game.) Additionally, Watkins’ lack of experience running pro-style routes could prevent him from making an immediate impact as a No. 1 receiver.
Projection: 65 catches, 950 receiving yards, seven touchdowns.
These projected numbers aren’t far off from what A.J. Green did in his rookie season in 2011. He had 65 catches for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns. He was also the number four overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Tags: 2014 Bills season, A.J. Green, Sammy Watkins
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Wide receiver prospects A.J. Green and Julio Jones are largely viewed as the top two pass catching talents in the 2011 NFL draft pool. As far as Bills fans are concerned either one would be a great fit judging by their voting.
After reviewing the Countdown to Draft Day, draft preview on wide receivers, Bills fans texted their vote to 64621 for who they thought was the best fit for the Bills at wideout. In a dead heat vote, Green and Jones both garnered 33% of the vote.
What was perhaps even more interesting was Kentucky’s Randall Cobb was next in the voting with just over 22% of the vote. The multi-faceted Cobb, who can run, catch and pass would be an interesting weapon for any NFL club. He’s forecast as a second-round pick.
Up next in our Draft Countdown position previews is the chock full of talent defensive end position up now. So take a look and then text your vote for which defensive end you see as the best fit for the Bills by following the texting instructions at the end of the video.
Tags: 2011 NFL draft, A.J. Green, Countdown to draft day, Julio Jones, Randall Cobb
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