NFL Rumors: Detroit Lions Would Have Selected Sammy Watkins if he Fell to No. 5

By Connor Muldowney
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If you’re a Detroit Lions fan, you probably wanted nothing more than for your front office to pull the trigger and make a trade for a higher pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to pick Sammy Watkins. However, that didn’t happen quite as everyone expected as the Buffalo Bills pulled the trigger first, trading up to the No. 4 pick and selecting the talented wide out.

However, Lions fans were just chalking up the Watkins selection as a “we wouldn’t have traded up for him anyways” type of feeling. Watkins was more of a dream pick for Lions fans and even the coaches. There was no way he ever had a chance of playing in Detroit, right? Wrong.

Sure, it would have been likely to happen if he fell to No. 5, but the Bills obviously knew that the Lions were interested and knew they wouldn’t have moved into the top-three to select Watkins for the fear of giving up too much in return.

Buffalo acted at the first possibly pick that he could have been drafted and took the wide out with a world full of potential.

Alright Detroit fans, you may scream in agony now. You can now go forward knowing that if the Cleveland Browns didn’t trade their pick to the Bills, Watkins would have likely been a Lion. He would have lined up across the field from Calvin Johnson and joined Golden Tate as one of the best receiving corps in the NFL.

Well, there’s always next year, right?

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