Sam Watkins began his college career with a bang, and would have possibly been a first round pick immediately if he had been eligible for the draft. In his freshman season, Watkins produced twelve touchdowns on eighty-two catches for 1219 yards, instantly making him one of the best weapons in the ACC. However, he was unable to build on that season in his sophomore season, missing two games due to a suspension from a drug arrest and after being supplanted in the offense by DeAndre Hopkins.
A speed receiver with the size to match up against the bigger cornerbacks in the league, Watkins is the type of receiver that would seem to project well in the NFL. His quickness may allow him to get off press coverage well, and his speed could open up underneath routes as teams rotate a safety over the top. Should he be able to polish his route running and be more consistent with his hands, Watkins could be the type of receiver that gives opposing defenses fits.
This is reflected in his draft projections, as Watkins is regarded as one of the top, if not the best, receivers that could be eligible. Despite his arrest, Watkins is still expected to be someone that could be taken within the top ten picks overall. For a team in need of a true playmaker at receiver, Watkins could fit the bill.