After adding Golden Tate to the wide receiving corps, the Detroit Lions looked to be done filling the need at that position. However, rumors are speculating about the Lions’ interest in top wide out from the Clemson Tigers, Sammy Watkins. According to reports, he has met with the Lions multiple times this offseason and they are very interested in drafting him.
As I already stated, reports have come out recently about Watkins taking a pre-draft visit to Detroit — even Bill Ford Jr. was present for this visit on Tuesday afternoon.
The #Lions hosted Sammy Watkins today and he met Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. He also had dinner with Jim Caldwell/Martin Mayhew earlier.
— 24/7 NFL News (@247NFL_News) April 8, 2014
Having dinner with head coach Jim Caldwell and Martin Mayhew, the Lions’ general manager, is a huge step in ensuring that other teams know that Detroit is serious about going after Watkins in the draft — even if that means trading up to get him.
While this is all just speculation right now, snagging Watkins in the draft would be huge for Detroit.
Sure the team needs defensive back help, but when it all boils down, the team’s biggest downfall a year ago was the lack of a solid No. 2 and No. 3 receiver to take pressure off Calvin Johnson. With the addition of Watkins and Tate, this team would be set at the wide out position for a while and the offense would arguably be one of the scariest in the NFL.
There should be a solid cornerback available early in the second round when they pick again — usually teams are hesitant to draft a CB in the first round.
Adding Watkins would make the Lions instant NFC title contenders.
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