Sammy Watkins best WR since A.J. Green, Julio Jones, says NFL.com writer

'He's got size, speed, hands, shiftiness, explosion. I think Sammy Watkins is hands down the best receiver in this draft'

Orange Bowl - Sammy Watkins catches a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter

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Orange Bowl - Sammy Watkins catches a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter

It's Sammy Watkins, then everyone else, according to NFL.com's Chase Goodbread.

'Everyone,' he writes, includes anyone since A.J. Green and Julio Jones in 2011.

The NFL.com blogger bases his assessment on NFL Films producer Greg Cosell's analysis for a Nashville radio station.

"To me, there is no debate here," Cosell said. "I think Sammy Watkins, based on what I've seen, is the best receiver in this draft. And I think you can make the argument that he's the best wide receiver to come out since the A.J. Green, Julio Jones 2011 draft. I mean, he's got size, speed, hands, shiftiness, explosion. I think Sammy Watkins is hands down the best receiver in this draft."

Watkins made a career-high 101 receptions for the Tigers as a junior for 1,464 yards. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis' latest mock draft projects Watkins to land with an NFL team that has historically been attracted to speedy wide receivers: the Oakland Raiders with the No. 5 overall pick.

Others have projected Watkins to the Cleveland Browns with the No. pick. There is unanimous agreement that he won't get out of the top 10.

Other top receivers projected by Davis for the first round include Southern Cal's Marqise Lee (No. 13 to Rams), Texas A&M's Mike Evans (No. 15 to Steelers), LSU's Odell Beckham (No. 26 to Browns), Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin (No. 30 to 49ers) and Penn State's Allen Robinson (No. 32 to Seahawks).

Cosell, meanwhile rates FSU's 6-6 Benjamin third behind Watkins and Lee.

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

I would like to see highlight film on the best 25 NFL receivers of all time and then take a look at Sammy's highlight film. Show the highlights in a manner nobody knows who they are and see where Sammy would rank. He wouldn't be the best but he wouldn't be far from the best. Lynn Swann, Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald can and could catch pretty darn good them selves.

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