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Lions taking a close look at Sammy Watkins


During much of Lions coach Jim Caldwell’s time with the Colts, quarterback Peyton Manning had Reggie Wayne to go along with Marvin Harrison.  It’s no surprise, then, that Caldwell is looking at the possibility of complementing Calvin Johnson with a new Reggie Wayne.

As noted by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Caldwell and G.M. Martin Mayhew attended Watkins’ Pro Day workout on Thursday at Clemson.  While all teams were represented, the presence of both coach and General Manager suggest that the Lions — who know a thing or two about drafting receivers in round one — have real interest in Watkins.

With the Lions holding the 10th overall pick in the draft, their interest level may not matter; Watkins could be long gone by the time the Lions pick.

Watkins caught 101 passes as a junior, gaining 1,464 yards.  He opted not to run the 40-yard dash on Thursday, resting on the 4.43-second performance at the Scouting Combine.

Next, the process of visiting teams commences for Watkins.  “I’m getting ready to travel the world,” Watkins said.

The NFL world is waiting, probably not so patiently.  While many first-round wideouts fail to make an impact, Watkins is viewed as the best prospect since A.J. Green and Julio Jones exploded onto the scene as top-10 selections three years ago.

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37 Responses to “Lions taking a close look at Sammy Watkins”
  1. pppath says: Mar 6, 2014 8:13 PM

    I don’t think he’s getting past the Rams.

  2. pftfan says: Mar 6, 2014 8:18 PM

    He’ll be gone by 8.

  3. docboss says: Mar 6, 2014 8:18 PM

    Give the Rams #10, this year’s second plus next year’s first and second. You got him! Rams will get Lewan and Evans or Dix. Do it!

  4. annodomini90 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:20 PM

    “who know a thing or two about drafting receivers in round one” – Except between 2000 and 2006.

  5. 1oldpro says: Mar 6, 2014 8:20 PM

    Good Lord! Another first round WR to the Lions?
    Gimme that definition of insanity again, Please!

  6. thevikesarebest says: Mar 6, 2014 8:21 PM

    If the lions take him he better pull a plaxico buress.

  7. jjb0811 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:23 PM

    Lions bring out the fun in dysfunction!

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 6, 2014 8:32 PM

    Well if Caldwell can get Stafford to be more effective as a passer then this is an option. Sammy will have to make the most of his skills to create throwing lanes if Stafford isn’t going to develop a touch pass any time soon, so I’d be surprised if they didn’t feel more comfortable looking at trade-down options if they don’t select the taller Mike Evans without having to pay to move up.

  9. 80sbroncofan says: Mar 6, 2014 8:36 PM

    lions better trade up to get him then. he wont make it past 5

  10. richa52 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:37 PM

    I like Cordarelle Patterson, but Sammy Watkins, who is the same height and weight (both are 6’1″ with Patterson weighing 216 and Watkins 211), with identical speed (they both run a 4.4, 40), is waaaaaay better than Patterson. Patterson is a really fast kick returner, who is still learning how to be an accomplished receiver. He is still learning how to run routes and be consistent catching the ball, especially over the middle. He had a total of 46 catches at Tennessee and 45 catches for 469 yards and 4 TDs last year for the Vikings. Not especially great stats. Watkins (6’1″ and 211 lbs) established himself as a solid receiver at Clemson. Last year he had 101 catches for 1,464 yards and 12 TDs. Sammy Watkins will be a Pro Bowl caliber WR long before Patterson.

  11. stephenolszewski says: Mar 6, 2014 8:38 PM

    Even if Watkins is taken by St Louis if Mike Evans falls to Detroit that’s still a good pick

  12. ballboy48 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:44 PM

    I bet Cleveland grabs him

  13. bigwalt2990 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:47 PM

    Watkins would be OK..but another 6-5 monster would work too….Evans.

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 6, 2014 8:59 PM

    The Detroit Lions DEFINITELY need another wide receiver… but… if this kid isn’t a high character Rhodes Scholar… I would pass on him.

  15. raiderapologist says: Mar 6, 2014 9:10 PM

    Oakland is looking to trade out of the 5 spot. I don’t know what Detroit has in the way of draft picks, but there’s a decent chance Watkins will be available when the Raiders are on the clock.

  16. zsking1 says: Mar 6, 2014 9:12 PM

    Why do receivers always have to be compared to someone? Watkins and Patterson are different. Just because both are fast doesn’t give reason to compare them. Anyways if I’m the lions im taking Mike Evans. I think he will be a star in the nfl. Also the raiders have to draft the hyped up fast guy out of college anyway.

  17. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 6, 2014 9:16 PM

    Not like Johnson needs any help but Watkins would definitely give defenses a lot to deal with. Scary to think about.

  18. nflfollower says: Mar 6, 2014 9:18 PM

    Watkins possibly but more likely evans will be catching balls opposite megatron next year count on it.

  19. realnflmaster says: Mar 6, 2014 9:24 PM

    Another receiver in Detorit? LOL.

  20. realnflmaster says: Mar 6, 2014 9:24 PM

    Then again, Caldwell is your coach so you could draft Montana and not even win 6 games.

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 6, 2014 9:50 PM

    If you are going to talk about trading up for Sammy Watkins then you also have to talk about trading up for Khalil Mack. So if they have more than one target to trade up for then there would be an extra scenario for possible movement. Or Clowney could crowd the group as long as you are adding extra names to the potential trade-up list. The Lions still have a spot at DE they could fit Clowney into.

  22. Big Ant TV says: Mar 6, 2014 9:53 PM

    with 4th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns Select _________________

  23. gilly327 says: Mar 6, 2014 10:12 PM

    If he’s there at 9 bills take him. If he’s not they take Evans

  24. azjohnny says: Mar 6, 2014 10:13 PM

    Detroit has much bigger needs than another WR!

  25. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 6, 2014 10:25 PM

    “I love Detroit”

    Murder; unemployment; std’s; drug addiction

  26. nedhigginssports says: Mar 6, 2014 10:26 PM

    Where’s the obligatory post about how cordarelle Patterson is better than jerry rice and we all need to brace ourselves for the impending Vikings dynasty ?

  27. lionsfan4life2222 says: Mar 6, 2014 10:35 PM

    I like either or, both bring a talent we desperately need…….

  28. rap49er says: Mar 6, 2014 10:36 PM

    Niners will trade up at grab him at five.

  29. onebigredrocket says: Mar 6, 2014 11:03 PM

    If available, take him. Go ahead and stay in mediocrity with a couple of great WR’s. A WR should NOT be a first round priority! For any team for that matter.

  30. anujsingh83 says: Mar 7, 2014 3:23 AM

    Wasted scouting effort?

  31. GenXJay says: Mar 7, 2014 4:59 AM

    matt millen still runs the detroit draft boards.

  32. shuttaman1990 says: Mar 7, 2014 8:24 AM

    Raiders will snatch him up before poor detroit will…Raiders all day

  33. cruzer1996 says: Mar 7, 2014 8:35 AM

    I would think there might be a trade up of the Lions to #2 if they are showing this much interest. I think the Lions would have to give up next year’s #1, and that should be enough to move up to #2. I don’t see St.Louis keeping the pick at 2.

  34. mylionsroaring says: Mar 7, 2014 10:39 AM

    The Lions should have a solid guy at pick 10 no matter what happens. With needs at OLB, WR, CB, S, and a solid OT there as well they should be able to score someone to help this team get better.

  35. ecruz0884 says: Mar 7, 2014 11:11 AM

    what if….. we give oakland our 2nd and 3rd round picks this yr, plus next years 1st for their 1st round pick. we dont give up our original 1st round pick and now all of a sudden with have the 5th and 10th pick in the first round….imagine picking up Watkins and Evans…..we can only dream

  36. ytownjoe says: Mar 7, 2014 12:46 PM

    If he’s there at 4, the Browns take him. Paired with Josh Gordon, Brian Hoyer becomes an all- pro QB.

  37. djshnooks says: Mar 7, 2014 3:37 PM

    There is zero chance he makes it past Buffalo at #9…but I doubt he falls that far.

    And I think Buffalo needs a Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin more anyways…Watkins is in the mold of Robert Woods, pretty close combine numbers and measurements.

    Not saying they are the same player, Watkins is better…but that the Bills have a group of WRs all that size, and need a giant target with a huge wingspan for EJ.

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