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Sammy Watkins Meets With Browns; Says He And Josh Gordon Would Be “Nightmare” To Defend

By DARYL RUITER, 92.3 The Fan Browns Beat Reporter
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Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins speaks with reporters at the NFL Combine Saturday / (Photo by Daryl Ruiter CBS Cleveland)

Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins speaks with reporters at the NFL Combine Saturday / (Photo by Daryl Ruiter CBS Cleveland)

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INDIANAPOLIS (92.3 The Fan) – There’s no guarantee that the Browns will select a quarterback with the No. 4 pick in May’s draft.

They could just as easily add a playmaker like Sammy Watkins and worry about adding a quarterback later with one of their remaining 9 picks which would be music to the ears of the Clemson receiver.

“For them to get me would be a great decision,” Watkins said.

Watkins smiles at the thought of being paired up opposite of Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon and the damage the 2 could do to defenses on the field.

“I think Josh Gordon is probably one of the top receivers in the NFL,” Watkins said. “He led receivers this year with 1,700 yards. I’d kind of take the pressure off of him with being double-covered or them flipping coverage to his side. It’d be a nightmare for (defenses) to match up.”

Watkins has already had an informal as well as an informal interview with the Browns and head coach Mike Pettine doesn’t need to be sold on the 6’0 3/4, 211-pound receiver.

“Explosive athlete,” Pettine said. “I think anytime that you can add somebody to your team that can score points, that can make explosive plays, that’s what the NFL’s all about. Being a defensive coach, you think about, hey, we’re going to play great defense, run the football, I don’t think you can win that way anymore in the NFL.

“You have to have players that when they get their hands on the ball are special, and I think he falls into that category.”

Regardless where he lands, Watkins is confident that he’ll be a game-changer for an offense.

“I think I can do just about anything on the field from wide receiver to running back to slot, I can make plays all over the field,” Watkins said. “What I love doing is dominating defenses. I think that’s what I bring to the game and I think that’s going to turn over to the NFL.

“When I come into the NFL I think I can be that dominant receiver.”

Watkins hopes to turn the heads of general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine on the field Sunday.

“I want to run something crazy, maybe break the combine record (4.24 set by Titans RB Chris Johnson in 2008),” Watkins said. “We’ll see tomorrow.”

Receivers tend to be pretty vocal about getting the football, so could the Browns handle having to alpha dogs on the field at the same time?

“That’s the last thing I worry about,” Pettine said. “You can’t have enough explosive athletes who can score points for you. You can’t have enough. If that’s our biggest problem, worrying about that, where do I sign up?”

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