Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) prior to the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Will Sammy Watkins be Drafted by the Cleveland Browns?

Sammy Watkins has been the talk of the receiving class early in 2014 NFL Draft talks. Many label him as the wide-out in this class who has the most NFL projected success. Teams early in this draft will have a hard time passing on Watkins; will one of those teams be the Cleveland Browns?

The general consensus has Cleveland taking a quarterback. While Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel will all be options, the Browns could absolutely use another weapon on that offense. One like Watkins would be tough to pass on.

It would make sense that the Browns prefer either one or two quarterbacks in the top-three. Most teams won’t settle for all three quarterbacks this early, so there’s a chance that the Texans and Jaguars swipe away one or two QBs that the Cleveland brass likes. If their lowest-rated of the three quarterbacks is the only one on the board, look for the team to go elsewhere.

A player like Khalil Mack could still be available, but the Browns ultimately need to help their offense. Having a playmaker across from Josh Gordon and next to Jordan Cameron would give the offense an extraordinary receiving corps to help whoever is under center in 2014.

Watkins brings a strong, physical presence to a depth chart. He projects to be a big-yardage guy at the next level, but his receptions could end up being between 80 and 90 a year depending on the system.

Passing on a quarterback might end up being a major risk, but don’t forget about the second first-round pick the team owns. A player like Derek Carr might be an option here. If not, there will be talent at the top of the second.

The decision is ultimately a toss-up, but it shouldn’t be overlooked when trying attempt to project how the first round will shake out.

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  • Jarod Cook

    I like Watkins and wouldn’t be disappointing if the Browns drafted him. IMO he’s going to be a career #2 guy, he’ll be more productive working out of the slot then on the outside. At this point I think they’re going to go with OT Robinson or Matthews. They didn’t help the OL in FA, and Schwartz struggled at times containing pass rushers on the outside. But he’s a road grading run blocker, and if they moved him into RG I think he’ll be a better player. I think they pass on Mack, he’s versatile, has relentless motor, and has got a lot of raw talent but needs a lot of coaching to become an elite player. Needs to improve in coverage and tackling in space, tends to get beat off the line and struggles getting threw traffic. If you take a player at #4 they should’t need that much coaching to become a great player, IMO he’s a mid 1st rd talent. I think they stick with skill players with there first 3 picks, these QB’s near the top of the draft are all questionable. And I won’t be surprised if only 1 or 2 of them are taking in the 1st rd. and Garapollo and Carr fall to the 3rd rd.

    • Letterman007

      Gotta agree with you Jarod! I too think they will pass on a QB at #4 and either go O T Robinson, or Mathews, But I would really like Watkins!! It would open up the field for whoever plays quarterback, not to mention the run game with Tate!!! But the Tackles could eventually replace Thomas when he decides to hand it up! The #4 spot could also be traded for more picks and really not move that far down, say two or three spots and still get either Robinson or Mathews! It will be interesting!!

      • Jarod Cook

        I personal like Matthews over Robinson. Robinson only has 2 years starting experience as well as played in Auburn’s simplistic run first offense, and wasn’t asked to pass block or win a lot of one on one battles. Verses Matthews started 3 years at RT then moved to LT his senior season, and Texas A&M also runs a more balanced offense. I like Watkins also but games are won and lost in the trenches. And either of these players would vastly improve are OL over what they had last year. If they take one of them at#4, I wouldn’t even be against them using #26/#35 pick to get either Su’a-Filo or Yankee to play LG.

        • Letterman007

          If they draft Mathews or Robinson at#4 then if they draft another lineman for the offense, it better be late 4th or 5th round! They have too many holes to fill to start taking guards that high! They need on offense alone, another wide receiver, a quarterback, another running back ,and probably some defensive help !! Like a ILB, a corner, a safety and possibly a D lineman!! If they need another O lineman they should get him in free agency which it looks pretty much like they are done with or close to it as most O lineman have been signed!!

  • Gary

    Browns aren’t known for making the right moves come draft time.
    As much as Watkins would be a big contributor to this team, I don’t see them signing him.