Barring some sort of Darrius Heyward-Bey stunner, there is no doubt that Clemson's Sammy Watkins will be the first wide receiver selected in May's draft. But how good could he be? Well, pretty darn good if you appreciate the opinions of NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell.
Cosell said during a Thursday radio interview that "there's no debate" about Watkins' standing as this year's best incoming wideout. But Cosell added that Watkins is the best WR prospect since A.J. Green and Julio Jones , both of whom were top-10 picks in the 2011 draft.
If you want to do some projecting, both players put up WR2 fantasy numbers as rookies.
Green: 65 catches, 1,057 yards, seven touchdowns.
Jones: 54 catches, 959 yards, eight touchdowns.
And for those in dynasty leagues, both were considered top-five fantasy wideouts heading into their third season. Watkins isn't comparable to Jones or Green in terms of stature. He is a few inches shorter but possesses great acceleration and tremendous jumping ability. Percy Harvin, Torrey Smith, Pierre Garcon are a few other names that pop up in a quick search for NFL comparisons to Watkins -- sorry, I'm not really a draftnik. Obviously, an able QB and a bright offensive coordinator will go a long way to making Watkins an immediate, significant contributor. But if history is any guide, we shouldn't be surprised if Watkins finishes inside the top 20 at his position in 2014.