Is Sammy Watkins the second-best player in the draft?


The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly placing a high priority on playing it safe with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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There's no safer prospect this year than Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Operating under the assumption that South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney is the consensus best player in the draft, Monday evening's edition of NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" asked which player is second-best.

Former Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, former Texans general manager Charley Casserly and NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah all chose Watkins.

"I think he is just an explosive player," explained Schiano, "and a guy that -- barring injury -- is going to be really, really special in the NFL."

Casserly echoed those sentiments.

"I think he's got terrific release off the ball," Casserly said, "great separation, great run after the catch, catches the ball well, explosive athlete, a complete wide receiver."

Watkins measured just a shade under 6-foot-1 at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

If he becomes a perennial Pro Bowl pick at the next level, he will be bucking a trend of the game's dominant first-round wide receivers also boasting a tremendous size advantage at the position.

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