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Reports: Clemson losing WRs Watkins, Bryant to NFL

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Clemson’s production and experience at the wide receiver position for 2014 has taken a twin, albeit expected hit.

Yahoo! is reporting that Sammy Watkins, to the surprise of no one, has decided to make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft.  Additionally, Martavis Bryant confirmed in a text message to the Charleston Post & Courier that he too has decided to leave the Tigers early for the NFL.

“I have decided to enter the draft, it’s best for me and my family,” the receiver wrote.

The school has yet to publicly disclose the future football intentions of the two players.

In 2013, Watkins and Bryant combined for 143 catches for 2,291 yards and 19 touchdowns, with the majority of that production coming from the former (101-1,464-12).  Watkins is expected by many to be the first wide receiver taken in the draft.

The Tigers will also lose senior starting quarterback Tajh Boyd.

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14 Responses to “Reports: Clemson losing WRs Watkins, Bryant to NFL”
  1. canetic says: Jan 5, 2014 3:24 PM

    I don’t see why you wouldn’t take Sammy Watkins #1 overall. That guy is unreal and looks NFL ready today.

  2. onlyoneleft says: Jan 5, 2014 4:26 PM

    Kid was ready for the NFL the date he went there.

  3. melissashusband says: Jan 5, 2014 4:28 PM

    No receiver has gone first since Keyshawn and probably never will again

  4. classyjacklambert says: Jan 5, 2014 4:33 PM

    Bryant had a better year this year than last but I’m kinda surprised he didn’t want to stay and improve his draft stock after this year. He might get picked up in a later round but I think he will go UFA.

  5. scyankee64 says: Jan 5, 2014 4:45 PM

    I agree that he should stay to improve his draft stock, but he will go higher than UFA. I’m sure he got a draft eval before he decided, and he’s 6’5″.

  6. mattacc31 says: Jan 5, 2014 5:05 PM

    I don’t see Watkins going #1 overall but I can see a WR going number one overall again. Look at how weak the top of the draft was last year. It’s always possible a Megatron, Julio, or AJ Green comes along in a year like that

  7. longtallsam says: Jan 5, 2014 5:16 PM

    Rumor is that Bryant is leaving this year because of grades. But he is one of the fastest 6’5″ guys ever, just need to keep improving his pass catching ability.

    If Watkins stays healthy, he will be the next superstar receiver. He has the speed, moves and hands.

  8. canehouse says: Jan 5, 2014 5:36 PM

    I can only see Watkins as a bonafide NFL player. Boyd is a very very nice college QB but not Sunday ready… Bryant is a one trick pony WR… third day draft pick at best.

  9. DonKellyBaby says: Jan 5, 2014 5:37 PM

    Watkins has a lot of the physical tools that you look for in a WR; however, he needs to really work on his route running for the next level.

    Most of Watkins routes are either smoke screens or fades. He reminds me a lot of Cordarrelle Patterson but a little bit more developed.

    Both Watkins and Patterson are explosive playmakers with the ball in their hands, but they need some fine-tuning with their games to become truly elite players.

  10. jdgrn01 says: Jan 5, 2014 7:44 PM

    Both are overrated.. lucky if they’re first round draft picks at all..

  11. keltictim says: Jan 5, 2014 7:54 PM

    If I’m an NFL talent evaluator, I rank Connor Shaw ahead of tajh boyd big time. Connor is a much more battle tested qb, his intangibles are off the charts, he’s faced and won against much better defenses than anything in the acc. In all honesty, I think the two have such different skill sets that comparing them is impossible. Do I favor Connor? Clearly, I’m a gamecock. Do I think tajh could be a good qb in the nfl? Yes, provided he’s given the time to develop and not thrown to the wolves his freshman year (that goes for both of them really). It is great to see so many products of our great state in the nfl, whether they bleed orange or Garnett.

  12. thraiderskin says: Jan 5, 2014 8:14 PM

    Watkins ate my Buckeyes for lunch… I’ll be excited to see this guy at the next level.

  13. classyjacklambert says: Jan 5, 2014 10:13 PM

    Jdgrn01 you must have never watched Watkins play. He’s an incredible talent, fast, good hands, and size. His route running could use some work, but if he slipped to the Steelers in the mid first, I’d be really surprised and pleased.

  14. onlyoneleft says: Jan 6, 2014 2:06 PM

    You people in SC think too highly of yourselves. Winning a few games do not put you in the elite.

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