Mayock thinks Watkins is special

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock normally doesn't get all that jacked up when it's time to evaluate wide receiver prospects for the draft.

It's an entirely different story when it comes to Sammy Watkins, who's one of several Clemson players scheduled to attend the NFL combine in Indianapolis this week. Mayock ranks him as the No. 1 wide receiver in this year's draft class.

"Sammy Watkins is a special player," Mayock said, during a conference call on Tuesday afternoon. "I don't usually get too excited about wide receivers in the top 10, but this kid is different."

Just about everyone around Clemson that's spent the last three seasons watching him would agree.

Watkins caught 240 passes for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns during his three-year Clemson career. He also had 339 yards on 52 carries and one touchdown. On special teams, Watkins had 60 kickoff returns for 1,376 yards and one touchdown in 1,717 snaps over 36 games [29 starts].

He's first in Clemson history in receptions, receptions per game [6.7], first in receiving yards, first in receiving yards per game [94.2], first in 100-yard receiving games [15], tied for first in receiving touchdowns, second in all-purpose yards [5,129] and fifth in kickoff return yards.

That production has helped lead Mayock to believing that Watkins will be the only wide receiver who will be selected in the top 10 of this year's draft. Not too shabby when you consider Mayock's thoughts on the group of incoming wide receivers.

"It's the best wide receiver draft I've seen in years," he said.

Watkins headlines a class that includes Texas A&M's Mike Evans, Marqise Lee of USC, Kelvin Benjamin from FSU and Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis.

There's just something about Watkins that sets him apart from the rest.

"He's got a little attitude about him," Mayock said. "You can see him getting pissed off during games and going after cornerbacks."

Seven months from now, he'll be striking fear into the hearts of cornerbacks in the NFL. It's just a matter of time before we know with which team he'll be doing that.

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