Nuk and Sammy together again? Not likely, but a possiblilty according to Mayock

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Clemson wide receivers, from left, Sammy Watkins, Martavis, DeAndre Hopkins and Daniel Rodriguez listen to a drill instruction on the first day of NCAA college football practice on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in Clemson, S.C. The defending ACC Champions open their 2012 season on Sept. 1 against Auburn in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

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Clemson wide receivers, from left, Sammy Watkins, Martavis, DeAndre Hopkins and Daniel Rodriguez listen to a drill instruction on the first day of NCAA college football practice on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in Clemson, S.C. The defending ACC Champions open their 2012 season on Sept. 1 against Auburn in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Nuk and Sammy, together again?

It's not likely, given the pressing concerns that earned the Houston Texans the dubious honor of picking first in the 2014 NFL draft, but it might be tempting nonetheless, according NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.

After watching Watkins' workout on Sunday, Mayock suggested that the former Clemson wide receiver has worked his way into the mix as the possible No. 1 selection in the draft - a group that includes South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and a trio of quarterbacks in Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Central Florida's Blake Bortles.

“What I really like about this kid is he’s got some toughness,” Mayock said. “He’ll go over the middle. He’ll physically beat press coverage. He high-points the ball. He’s got a little attitude about him. He blocks people. He’s got an attitude like he wants to be the best player there is and when you combine that with his physical ability, I think it’s awesome.”

South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton on Sunday named Watkins as the best receiver he's ever faced.

“He’s No. 1,” Hampton said. “He’s a guy you’re going to think about from Sunday to Saturday.”

No one has been able to offer much more than informed speculation about the thinking of the Texans, who last season made Hopkins their top pick with the 26th selection of the draft.

The Texans' most glaring need would seem to be in adding a premier quarterback to their mix. Clowney is enticing as the overall best available player, and Watkins has now put his name in consideration for that designation, as well.

Were the Texans to choose Clowney or Watkins, they would have to wait until the second round to draft a quarterback. With Bridgewater, Manziel and Bortles widely projected as first-rounders, Houston would likely be looking at Fresno State's David Carr or Alabama's A.J. McCarron - Mayock's fourth and fifth picks - or from a 'next best' pool that includes Zach Mettenberger of LSU, Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Georgia's Aaron Murray, Wyoming's Brett Smith, or Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas.

Clowney, meanwhile, did nothing to hurt his No. 1 chances on Monday when he ran a stunning, unofficial 4.47 40 at the NFL Combine. He followed with a clocking of 4.48. His 'official' adjusted time is likely to be just over 4.5 seconds.

Clowney - who made headlines of another sort on Sunday when he bench-pressed just 21 repetitions - shut down his on-field workout after three drills, passing on the remainder of timing stations and skill drills. He later told the NFL Network that he was dealing with a tight hip flexor. He had a vertical jump of 37.5 and a 10-4 broad jump.

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Clowney has an excuse for everything when it is something that's not making him out like he's the greatest football player to ever play the game. He will flop in the NFL. Just wait and see. He is vastly over rated and that's due to his size and speed. He has no heart and that's is as important as any physical attributes' you may have. They should draft Sammy first and get Tajh in the second round and then they would really have something special. They should give some serious thought to doing that.

radtiger writes:

in response to tigerrob44#291802:

Clowney has an excuse for everything when it is something that's not making him out like he's the greatest football player to ever play the game. He will flop in the NFL. Just wait and see. He is vastly over rated and that's due to his size and speed. He has no heart and that's is as important as any physical attributes' you may have. They should draft Sammy first and get Tajh in the second round and then they would really have something special. They should give some serious thought to doing that.

I agree with Sammy going first but Tajh in second round is a joke.Tajh at his best was an average QB and thats up against college players.....NO WAY is he fit to compete on the next level. Clowney proved his worthiness today so enough of trying to put him down to make the Tigers look better. He has "put up" so people need to "shut up".....Our opinion is just that....an opinion.....The NFL Owners and Coaches see him for who he really is without the biased opinions coming from his rivalry fans with no facts to back up the nonsense.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

If you are implying I am prejudiced against Clowney you should win a prize for being so smart. The problem is the truth hurts if like him. He's lazy and if he thinks that 4.58 forty is going to carry him thru the NFL you need to see a psychiatrist. His official time was a little higher than the first time. And then he quit.

TheTruth46 writes:

in response to tigerrob44#291802:

If you are implying I am prejudiced against Clowney you should win a prize for being so smart. The problem is the truth hurts if like him. He's lazy and if he thinks that 4.58 forty is going to carry him thru the NFL you need to see a psychiatrist. His official time was a little higher than the first time. And then he quit.

I wonder what was his excuse for beating up on Clemmons 3 times in a row. In addition, chasing and hanging on to Boyd as though he was playing pin the tail on the donkey...giving Boyd those scared eyes.

harryD writes:

Clowney only 21 reps Sammy 16 70lbs more body weight wow. But Clowney has long arms right...yeah Sammy does look like T Rex with those short arms

radtiger writes:

in response to tigerrob44#291802:

If you are implying I am prejudiced against Clowney you should win a prize for being so smart. The problem is the truth hurts if like him. He's lazy and if he thinks that 4.58 forty is going to carry him thru the NFL you need to see a psychiatrist. His official time was a little higher than the first time. And then he quit.

My suggestion would be for you to go see a psychiatrist if you truly believe that Clowney isnt NFL material....but its not much point in going because you "cant fix stupid" You dont make it to being the number 1 player in the country from high school and could have played pro football straight out of high school from being lazy.....Stop hating on these young boys because you dont have any God given talent,sitting around name calling and being a CYBER BULLY wont put any money in your pocket either.

33dtb writes:

in response to radtiger:

I agree with Sammy going first but Tajh in second round is a joke.Tajh at his best was an average QB and thats up against college players.....NO WAY is he fit to compete on the next level. Clowney proved his worthiness today so enough of trying to put him down to make the Tigers look better. He has "put up" so people need to "shut up".....Our opinion is just that....an opinion.....The NFL Owners and Coaches see him for who he really is without the biased opinions coming from his rivalry fans with no facts to back up the nonsense.

two words about Clowney......Albert Haynsworth.

radtiger writes:

in response to 33dtb:

two words about Clowney......Albert Haynsworth.

One word for you.......H A T E R

33dtb writes:

in response to radtiger:

One word for you.......H A T E R

you gonna tell me that he even PLAYED in the Clemson game... ??????..even against Clemson?
...........homer.........

some national "talking head" said on national TV that instead of a Johnny Manziel half game suspension, Clowney had a suspension for every other play for an unspecified amount of time.

radtiger writes:

in response to 33dtb:

you gonna tell me that he even PLAYED in the Clemson game... ??????..even against Clemson?
...........homer.........

some national "talking head" said on national TV that instead of a Johnny Manziel half game suspension, Clowney had a suspension for every other play for an unspecified amount of time.

Still Hating huh....What about Boyd???? I heard he isnt even Draftable...lmbo....and to think that Dabo had him thinking he was Heisman material....concentrate more on the Ex Tigers and stop being obsessed with the ex Gamecocks...BTW....Clowneys coming and 1st round draft....not bad for a "LAZY MAN"

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