New Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins expressed his joy at being drafted fourth overall and talked about his amazing run-after-catch ability upon being introduced today at One Bills Drive.
"It’s the best moment of my life right now," Watkins said. "It’s a great accomplishment. I’m proud to be a Bill. I can’t wait to get it started."
Watkins led all top receivers in college football last season by averaging an amazing 10.2 yards after the catch per reception for Clemson. He had 101 catches fro 1,464 yards.
Of his 27 career receiving touchdowns, 21 came on plays of at least 25 yards. In his dominant Orange Bowl performance against Ohio State this year, 202 of his 227 receiving yards came after the catch.
"My mentality is to score every play, that’s mentality – to score," Watkins said. "Catch every ball that touches my hands and to create a problem for the defense. To make the defensive coordinator to think hard, to make him double guard me. That’s my job, to dominate cornerbacks, safeties, defense, linebackers. That’s what I take pride in, scoring all over the field. I can play X, Y, Z, kick return, punt return. I’m willing to sacrifice everything to win."
"God just blessed me with that unique talent," Watkins said. "Over the years I’ve trained to get faster. I’ve trained to know how to run. It was a privilege, going to Clemson. They got me the ball a lot of different ways, with smoke screens, with getting a lot of guys in front of me blocking. It was a privilege playing with those guys."
Watkins said he's driven to succeed in the NFL.
"I’ve just got to work," he said. "I’ve got to come here and be focused. I’m ready to start with the team. I’ve got to be ready to work and learn."
"Throughout my whole life I’ve been having high expectations of myself, and from my coaches, my parents, my peers also," he said. "For me it’s to keep doing what I’ve been doing and that’s working hard, being a great citizen and just translate that to this team, to the Buffalo Bills. I’m 100 percent committed to the game."