Oct 26, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) tackled following his catch by Maryland Terrapins defensive back William Likely (4) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders 2014 Draft Prospect: WR Sammy Watkins

With mock drafts becoming everyone’s favorite past time over the last few weeks, we’ve gone through the trouble of sorting who has a higher chance to be picked based on all of those mock drafts. These include looking at the most recent mocks from CBS, ESPN, Yahoo!, NFL.com, and some other mainstream outlets. We’ll be rolling one out per day for the Oakland Raiders so check back each day for another one!

It is entirely possible Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is gone by the fifth pick on the draft, but if he isn’t the Oakland Raiders would be foolish to pass him up. Sure, the draft is chock-full of talented receivers, but none possess the abilities Watkins brings the table.

First and foremost is speed, speed, speed. He has tons of it and can use it to make plays and take the top off a defense. But, unlike Darrius Heyward-Bey, Watkins also has incredible hands and can turn short gains into long touchdowns with his ability to run after the catch. Let’s be honest though, even I have better hands than Heyward-Bey.

Watkins is an offensive coordinator’s dream with his versatility as well because he can lineup out wide, in the slot, and even in the backfield.  Simply put, he is in a tier of his own at the wide receiver position in the 2014 draft and in my opinion is a can’t miss prospect.

And, not only can he have an immediate impact on offense, he can change the dynamic of the Oakland Raider’s return game as well. He is a better kick returner than punt returner, but given time he may be able to excel at both.

Basically, yes, I do think the Raiders would be hard-pressed to pass on drafting Watkins if he is there at five. Of course, this also depends on who is left on the board, although I’m not quite the fan of many of the top quarterbacks either, so that definitely factors into it. But we’ll get to that tomorrow.

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