Sammy Watkins was the Buffalo Bills’ best pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He helps a passing game that was one of the league’s worst in 2013 and helps the Bills’ franchise quarterback to improve going into his second year.
The Bills had to trade up from their original spot in the draft at number nine all the way to number four to make sure that they got Watkins. Watkins was the number one receiver in this year’s draft and should be, he has tremendous potential and is going to a team that needs help in the receiving department. The Bills just traded their former top receiver Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers, so Watkins will be the consensus number one target for E.J. Manuel.
Watkins is 6 feet tall, weighs 211 pounds and has 4.4 forty speed, a decent size wide receiver with quality speed. He catches the ball well and is very quick to make the first tackler miss. He can put his shoulder down and run over defenders, and will take it to the house with his breakaway speed. Watkins is the most polished receiver on the Bills’ roster that can produce right away.
Manuel, the Bills starting quarterback, is heading into his second season and will improve having a year under his belt. The addition of Watkins will only add to their nucleus of Robert Woods, Scott Chandler, and C.J. Spiller.
It will be hard for defenses to figure out who should be their main concern. Woods was the Bills’ second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He showed flashes for the Bills and will improve his game going into another year and not only help out in the progress of Manuel, but also take extra coverage away towards Watkins.
Watkins will help the Bills be more balanced on offense. In 2013, the Bills were second in rushing yards and 28th in passing. Watkins has the ability to separate from defenders and also get additional yards after the catch. He will surely make the Bills more of a threat not only in the running game but also in the passing game.
The reason why the Bills drafted Watkins was to help in the development of Manuel and also provide another weapon for the young quarterback. Watkins with his playmaking abilities will find ways to get the ball and make plays for the Bills. He can catch the quick screen and take it to the house, run good routes, has soft hands, and also can go through the middle of the field. His presences alone will help in providing one on one coverage to the other players on the team.
Watkins is only the fourth receiver taken in the top five of the draft since 2007. Those who were picked before him were Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, and Justin Blackmon. All three of them have shown promise in the league including Blackmon even though he is suspended for the 2014-15 NFL season. Watkins is going into this season with a lot of expectations being a top five pick, but with all the things he can do with the ball in his hands the Bills will find a way to make him succeed.