2014 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Should Trade Up For WR Sammy Watkins
The Detroit Lions have already made a great addition this offseason in former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate to line up across from Calvin Johnson, giving the team a viable No. 2 receiving option for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
While many teams would be content with having Tate as a No. 2 after he spent most of his seasons in Seattle as the team’s No. 1, the Lions are still pondering the idea of adding yet another weapon for Stafford. It has been no secret that the team, particularly President Tom Lewand and GM Martin Mayhew, have shown great interest in the former Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins.
Both Mayhew and Lewand, along with head coach Jim Caldwell, attended Watkins’ pro day earlier this month. Not only did they sit and watch him display his various athletic abilities, but they also took the time to get to know Watkins’ family as well. Caldwell and Mayhew ate dinner with his family and when asked about it, Mayhew said, “Jim and I had a meal with them and really enjoyed spending time with them.” Caldwell also went on to say that “I’ve always loved to watch the interaction between the individual and his parents.” Judging from the amount of time that management put into their visit with Watkins, it is evident that the Lions are intrigued by not only his talent, but how he would fit into the organization as well.
In order to get a shot at Watkins, the Lions will most likely have to trade up into the top five to get him. Watkins has drawn the attention from many teams in this year’s draft due to his outstanding senior season and impressive combine. He tallied up 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, and ran a 4.43 40-yard dash which is very impressive for a receiver who is 6-foot-1, 211-pounds. His size and speed combination along with his sure hands makes for an offensive weapon many teams would not want to pass up.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Lions’ interest in Watkins is big enough to validate them trading up and losing draft picks in the process. However, they did get two compensatory picks for this year’s draft which are theirs no matter what, so losing a pick or two to trade up and get Watkins may be worth it.
As a Lions fan, it would be a dream scenario to see what an offense featuring Johnson, Tate, Watkins and Reggie Bush would look like. If the team is willing to trade up to get him, the Lions may be known as the “Greatest Show On Turf” next year.
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