Legendary Scout Gil Brandt Predicts First-Time Pro Bowler for Each NFL Team

If this player makes the Pro Bowl, there’s a lot of Chiefs fans who will be happy

There are few NFL media analysts out there who carry the resume of Gil Brandt—the longtime Dallas Cowboys personnel man who helped guide the team for 29 years between 1960-1988, which included 20-straight winning seasons, five conference championships, and two Super Bowl titles (VI, XII).

Brandt, who is now a Senior Analyst for NFL.com, recently wrote an article titled "Projecting one future first-time Pro Bowler for each NFL team," and the choice he had for the Chiefs is bound to pique the interest of Chiefs' fans.

His choice was receiver Sammy Watkins, who joined the Chiefs this offseason as one of the top coveted free agent playmakers.

Here's what Brandt had to say about Watkins:

"Sammy Watkins, WR, fifth NFL season. Watkins only has one 1,000-yard season on his resume, but he has averaged 15.9 yards per catch in his career, the third- best mark in the NFL from 2014 to '17 among those with 150-plus catches. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes' strong arm will mesh well with Watkins' long-ball skills. It's true that he could be overshadowed on an offense that also includes Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce -- but I think Mahomes will turn to Watkins enough to give him a chance to shine."

Watkins is also the only receiver in the NFL since 2014 to average more than 15 yards-per-catch and also have at least 25 touchdowns.

And to add even more optimism about the idea of Watkins having a career-best type of season this year, back during OTAs, Watkins couldn't contain his excitement about what it's been like learning this Chiefs' offense.

"I'm moving around," he explained. "It's just a great feeling because I'm not just sitting at the X receiver spot on the backside looking at two-man or a double. I'm really playing against a slot (cornerback) and getting an advantage on the linebackers, getting an advantage on the safety, and those are the things that I didn't have access to (in the past), and now I do.

"It's fun because I've never been able to learn slot routes and stuff like that—not because I couldn't, but I just didn't have an offense that was available to move me around to different places. It's been fun and I can actually visualize the offense and where it's going, and it's going to be something else."

In just a couple of months, the returns on what Watkins could bring to this offense with a creative head coach like Andy Reid isn't lost upon his young quarterback either.

"The first day was crazy," Mahomes explained of what Watkins showed during offseason workouts. "The first pass in OTAs he was running a go route and caught it in one hand. And then later on in the practice, I thought I overthrew him for an interception, but I just saw a hand come out of nowhere and he brought it down.

"He's someone that's going to help this offense tremendously. He works hard and you really respect guys who have that much talent but really get after it every single day."

It's going to make training camp, which opens to the public on Thursday, July 26, something to watch.

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