Is Watkins a possibility at four?

BEREA, Ohio -- Even though they added wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Nate Burleson to the roster alongside Pro Bowler Josh Gordon, could former Clemson standout Sammy Watkins be in the mix for the Cleveland Browns with the No. 4 pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft?

It is a possibility, according to Browns general manager Ray Farmer.

"I've seen teams keep as many as seven, and that's not meant to be a knock on anybody else that's on the roster," Farmer said in his pre-draft press conference. "Our goal is to add as many good football players as we can, and as we continue to add really good football players, our team will be better as a result of it.

"He's a good football player. He's explosive. He's got really good hands. He demonstrated he can run all the routes. He can be productive, so to saddle him on the other side of Josh Gordon, and wow."

Watkins could have a "big, really big, ginormous" impact on an NFL roster, according to Farmer, and could help with his ultimate goal, which is to increase competition at every position on the field.

"I feel good about who we have on our roster," Farmer said. "At every position on our roster, we want to try to drive competition. It doesn't matter if it's a quarter or a cornerback, whether it's a linebacker or defensive lineman, or if it's an offensive lineman, we want to drive competition to the point where the first guy on the depth chart feels like the guy right behind him is on his heels and the guy right behind him is on his heels. We're going to constantly look to push and drive competition on our roster."

Despite his 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame, Watkins comes into the draft as the consensus top player at wide receiver.

During his junior season, Watkins caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a record-breaking performance with 16 receptions for 227 yards and two scores in a 40-35 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl back in January.

In his three years with Clemson, Watkins gained 3,391 yards and scored 27 touchdowns on 240 catches.

"The longer this goes, the more you're going to find guys ending up casualties of war for the wrong reasons," Farmer said. "If you just watch the guy play football, he's different than a lot of wide receivers.

"I get that he's not 6-2, 6-4, 6-5. I get that, but he plays the game violently and aggressive, which is kind of a rarity for most wide receivers. You see things in him that aren't standard. He's a really good player, and he'll be a really good player in this league. Moving forward, he would be dynamic, so we'll wait and see where he goes."


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