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Lions may love Sammy Watkins enough to trade up for him

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The Lions have already invested a fortune in wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and given No. 2 receiver Golden Tate a significant contract as well. But they’re not necessarily done expending resources at the receiver position.

Sammy Watkins, widely regarded as the best receiver in this year’s draft class, has visited Detroit, and there’s talk that the Lions are interested in trading up in the draft to acquire him. Watkins has heard that talk and likes the sound of it.

It’d be definitely a blessing playing with Megatron and Golden Tate, having Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford,” Watkins told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “They’re doing a great job with the program with all the coaches. If I ever go there, sky’s the limit. . . . You don’t know what team’s jumping up for the first pick, anybody can be jumping up, so who knows? You never know.”

The Lions might have to move all the way up to a trade with the Rams at No. 2 if they want to pick Watkins, and that would require a lot of ammunition. And the Lions have already devoted a lot of resources to receivers — not just in the contracts for Johnson and Tate but in their fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, which they shipped to Jacksonville for receiver Mike Thomas. Throw in a second-round pick in 2011 for receiver Titus Young, a second-round pick in 2012 for receiver Ryan Broyles and a sixth-round pick in 2013 for receiver Corey Fuller, and there’s probably no team in the NFL that has spent more on receivers, when considering both draft picks and cap space, than the Lions.

So if the Lions are going to trade up for Watkins, they must think he’s the eventual replacement for Megatron.

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  1. mdpickles says: Apr 9, 2014 9:40 AM

    Sooo..Lions looking to lose games by the score of 50-47.

  2. calhounlambeau says: Apr 9, 2014 9:40 AM

    This makes sense considering it’s the Lions. When the WR group is deep you don’t trade up. Keep your picks and build quality depth. That’s what the lions need to do. But in a deep draft it’s not going to take a ‘lot of ammunition’ to move up, that’s incorrect.

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Apr 9, 2014 9:41 AM

    They will have to trade up, to the 5th pick!!!

  4. jetsclaps says: Apr 9, 2014 9:42 AM

    Did Matt Millen come back?

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 9, 2014 9:42 AM

    The Lions don’t need another costly WR. They need a run game.

  6. h3min1230 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:43 AM

    This is why they’re the Lions.

  7. fballguy says: Apr 9, 2014 9:45 AM

    For the Rams to move down to 10, the Lions may have to throw in Megatron.

  8. pftisfulloftrolls says: Apr 9, 2014 9:45 AM

    While Johnson, Tate, and Watkins could certainly compete with Denver for the deadliest WR corps in the league, they have bigger issues than WR at this point.

  9. shogunassasin30 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:47 AM

    Sure Lions, draft ANOTHER receiver in the first round. That ol tried an true formula of decent offense, no defense, no playoffs. Oh Detroit..

  10. wryly1 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:47 AM

    He won’t make it past 4. Browns would take him over any QB in this draft. So would StL.

  11. reppster says: Apr 9, 2014 9:48 AM

    Can you imagine him and Megatron on same team??? To bad their playoff run a couple years back will still be the only one. #foreverbottomofthenfcnorth

  12. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 9, 2014 9:51 AM

    Their D isn’t too shabby either. Worth doing – Calvin can’t keep doing it all himself.

  13. nyjad says: Apr 9, 2014 9:52 AM

    no way lions trade up for Watkins, that is beyond dumb. This is a smokescreen, more likely they want a team ahead of them to draft WR to increase the chance of a top cornerback dropping to them.

  14. shakethenbake says: Apr 9, 2014 9:53 AM

    I think we are looking at dbs possibly ha ha Clinton dix !!

  15. johnodocks says: Apr 9, 2014 9:57 AM

    You make ESPN highlights using top contracts and draft choices on WRs. You win championships building your D and offensive line.

  16. sfsugator says: Apr 9, 2014 9:57 AM

    I’m not a lions fan but they need to draft defense, fact. Oh and why do they always draft receivers and overrated D tackles. Jus sayin.

  17. scoops1 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:58 AM

    this needs a CB like Tony Romo needs a Winning Season

  18. ecruz0884 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:59 AM

    How many of you actually watched all the games last season…

    Our defense is average to maybe above average at times but its definitely not as bad as ppl make it out to be. Our run defense is great and that matters considering we face, AP, Lacy and Forte consistently. Our pass defense ehhh. Not one person in the draft, DE or CB or LB will make our pass defense a top ten defense. Sorry wont happen but maybe one WR who can be added to a top 5 offense already can help our offense be even more lethal. Soooooo…. with that said why not shoot for the best receiver in the draft?????

    Who is gonna cover CJ, Tate, Watkins, Bush and either Fauria, a healthy Broyles, or Bell. Mismatch every time. We might have more shoot outs for games but i’ll take my chances with that offense on the field.

    We have a bunch of CBs taken recently who unfortunately were put in system they never really worked in during college yrs. Get a system that fits and they will be more then adequate.

    Say what you want, they will barring any real injuries, compete for the division this year.

  19. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 9, 2014 10:01 AM

    As long as it’s not the Falcons that draft him, I don’t care where he goes. D is for Defense Mr. Dimitroff….

  20. abninf says: Apr 9, 2014 10:01 AM

    “They’re doing a great job with the program with all the coaches.”
    ==================================

    They just replaced the coaches.

  21. ghost26 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:02 AM

    Detroit would have to give up a lot. Watkins has the all the talent in the world & could go as high as two to the Rams & won’t fall out of the top five

    Shame on Goodell & the owners pushing the draft back to the beginning of May. I can’t imagine a coach, a scout, a GM, a draft prospect, or a fan liking this idea. Another head scratcher like the games in England & the new Pro-Bowl format.

  22. truninerfan49 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:03 AM

    I don’t care if the Lions also sign Jerry Rice and Randy Moss in their prime. Having all those weapons do you no good when your QB has no time to throw.

  23. metrocritical says: Apr 9, 2014 10:03 AM

    The Lions’ front office has carefully crafted a plan to build a championship caliber team based on the premise that unparalleled success will be achieved by surrounding Matthew Stafford with a vast array of newly minted wide receivers and other skilled offensive weapons, assuming that any defensive deficits will be overwhelmed by such an impressive arsenal. Their plan does not appear to be working.

  24. lololnpnp says: Apr 9, 2014 10:04 AM

    Not happening.

  25. dtownsportslions says: Apr 9, 2014 10:07 AM

    A luxury that’s not necessary. The guy is a stud but it would be 1/4th of the teams cap room locked up with 3 WR’s. It’s not smart.

  26. vusnu says: Apr 9, 2014 10:08 AM

    Lions are absolutely insane if they target another WR with a high pick. Haven’t they learned from the past?

  27. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 9, 2014 10:09 AM

    I’m still hoping for a trade-down. Consolidate up from the back and use some momentum from a drop down to get a nice set of new additions.

  28. babych99 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:10 AM

    This is why they are the Lions

  29. boredfootball says: Apr 9, 2014 10:13 AM

    Detroit had one of the best run defenses in the league last year. These “all offense/no defense” comments show how little you all pay attention to football.

  30. brewcityitalian says: Apr 9, 2014 10:17 AM

    get watkins this year, go all defense in 2015 in free agency and the draft…O line is solid, rb is solid, let suh and fairley go, thats 27 mill free right their, plus other players gone,,could be talking 50 mil free in free agency..Defensive player spendathon.

  31. Stupid Lions Fan says: Apr 9, 2014 10:18 AM

    Don’t believe the hype… we aren’t trading up for anyone. Smoke-screen, classic Mayhew.

  32. bmore44 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:19 AM

    Just need your QB to make less mistakes. I think , Caldwell will help with the mistakes. Could be a good year for Lions

  33. jgreeds says: Apr 9, 2014 10:19 AM

    Is Sammy planning on playing defense this year?

  34. brewcityitalian says: Apr 9, 2014 10:20 AM

    the last thing I want is to stay at 10, either trade up for Watkins or Mack or Clowney, or trade back and get some picks and look at Cooks around 18-20

  35. oreo51 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:22 AM

    This is not the year to move up for a WR. There are too many good ones. Detroit needs to develop someone at the position rather than look for plug and play personnel.

  36. onebigredrocket says: Apr 9, 2014 10:23 AM

    No WR is worth a first round pick, especially in the top 10. Detroit already has the best receiver in the league and what has it done for them?

  37. 6ball says: Apr 9, 2014 10:25 AM

    .

    When’s the last time anyone said, ” the Lions have a really solid offensive line?”

    .

  38. realfootballfan says: Apr 9, 2014 10:27 AM

    If they did pull this off, get ready for the “Calvin Johnson is secretly a scumbag” stories to leak out over the next two years in order to grease his way out of town so they don’t have to pay the rest of the contract that they willingly gave him a couple of years ago. It’s the NFL way under this new CBA.

  39. hoopieguy says: Apr 9, 2014 10:29 AM

    What is up with Detroit anyway? On paper, they are a super bowl contender, but they cannot put it all together on the field. I think Stafford is over-rated for starters. And Suh is a major distraction.

  40. crubenst says: Apr 9, 2014 10:30 AM

    They’d be better off trading up for Bortles. Stafford is a stat machine loser. Heck, Shaun Hill used to put up the same numbers in that offense. It reminds me of Daunte Culpepper throwing to Moss. He looked great until he didn’t have Moss anymore. I’d love to see how good that offense would be with a great qb.

  41. sneadon says: Apr 9, 2014 10:34 AM

    The Lions drafting Watkins buzz is the crappiest smokescreen ever. Matt Millen no longer makes decisions in Detroit.

  42. edavidberg says: Apr 9, 2014 10:36 AM

    Its not so much using your first rounder on him its more the picks you have to give up to move up to gethim. Lions have too any holes to trade a second and next years first and maybe more to move up from ten to two. Its just not logical.

  43. getatmeplease says: Apr 9, 2014 10:38 AM

    The Lions have drafted more CBs in the last 3 years than WRs so investing another pick on a CB would start to make Mayhew look like Millen in consistently drafting the same position year in and year out.

    Watkins is seen as the top WR in the draft and an instant playmaker. Trading up would require either a 2nd or a 3rd rounder thrown in. If they deem the value of Watkins as that much more than player X in round 2 or 3 then it’s a good move.

  44. thetruthcampaign says: Apr 9, 2014 10:39 AM

    The Lion’s issue it NOT offense. I think they’re set at WR right now. Their problem is they took their foot off the gas last season when the had a lead. Keep it on the gas, and then you don’t worry so much about trying to defend up to the last second of the game.

  45. silverhornet says: Apr 9, 2014 10:40 AM

    This sounds so familiar…. just can’t quite place it…

  46. lionhunter909 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:40 AM

    I hope this is a smoke screen; they’d be better off drafting a defensive stud and going receiver later in the draft. Not worth what it would cost just to get one guy. Build the defense!

  47. buddysguys says: Apr 9, 2014 10:41 AM

    so smokey in here i can’t even see

  48. pftfan says: Apr 9, 2014 10:41 AM

    Watkins is the best WR prospect of the last 5 years. Calvin Johnson-Larry Fitzgerald type of upside.

    If there’s a WR you trade up for, it’s Sammy Watkins. As for the trade up, it’s not the high cost of trading up for an elite player that kills a team (ie, Darrelle Revis), its the high cost of mediocrity (ie Dion Jordan, Mark Sanchez).

  49. butlers91 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:43 AM

    OL, LB, S, CB…that’s it. Don’t draft anyone else.

  50. believeland2014 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:44 AM

    If the lions are smart they will draft justin gilbert imo because that guy looks like the best cb in the draft.

  51. wisconsinhillfolk says: Apr 9, 2014 10:44 AM

    Most of these humps get all their football “knowledge” from ESPN.

  52. nflfollower says: Apr 9, 2014 10:45 AM

    Under new cba if you get a difference maker you have him cheap for 5 years, regardless of where he was drafted. See guys like jj watt and cam newton. So if you feel strongly enough that he is a difference maker in the nfl you can pull the trigger without fear of the contract, instead knowing you will have a good player at a reasonable price.

  53. timmmah10 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:45 AM

    Smoke Screeeeeeeeeen.

  54. faultylogic29 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:50 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if somebody trades up for him. If you saw him play at all in college, you know he’s the real deal. Receivers like him don’t come around every year.

  55. lks311 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:50 AM

    First, everyone talking about the deep WR corp—well that doesn’t mean deep AND elite. Second, considering the horrible drafting the Lions have made with their second pick over the past decade, it would make sense to trade a #1 and a #2 for Watkins.

    All that said, this is just blowing smoke up the proverbial rear-ends of the other 31 teams.

  56. sportswright says: Apr 9, 2014 10:51 AM

    That would be a better duo than Jones and White by far.

  57. sportzpig says: Apr 9, 2014 10:51 AM

    Whatever they do, it will be incorrect.

    Its called Lions’ Law. Its inescapable, like gravity.

  58. ragnarthegreat says: Apr 9, 2014 10:53 AM

    everyone says this years draft is really deep and there will be people available in the later rounds who might have gone in the first round in past years. So that should create a lot of movement and trading of spots. There is also a crowd at the top so you don’t really know who is going 1-5. It should be fun to watch this year.

  59. tedamerica says: Apr 9, 2014 10:55 AM

    Matt Millen is in the house!

  60. chris6523 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:56 AM

    I don’t think it’s feasible for the Lions to trade up to #2. At the very least, they would have to give up the #10 pick, their second rounder, and their 2015 first rounder. the caveat to that is perhaps the trade chart gets distorted by this years supposedly deep draft. Teams looking to move up might be able to do so for a little less this year. That being said, I could see the Lions moving up to maybe #5 if Watkins is still available. Otherwise the cost is too steep for a team with as many needs as Detroit.

  61. tvjules says: Apr 9, 2014 10:57 AM

    Caldwell is trying to recreate the Manning/Harrison/Wayne scenario.

  62. jacobmcbride1 says: Apr 9, 2014 11:10 AM

    The thing you guys don’t realize is that The Lions already have an elite run defense, and a young and improving secondary. Plus they have an elite young offensive line, 3 good running backs, and their franchise QB, they have nothing to spend 8 draft picks on, some wouldn’t make the roster, trading up only makes sense, especially when Xander’s brings in the greatest crops of UDFA’s ever seen.

  63. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 9, 2014 11:18 AM

    Sorry. Stafford is not an intimidating quarterback. He is a turnover machine. He can put up big stats but he messes up enough to cancel out his good.

  64. bengcolt says: Apr 9, 2014 11:19 AM

    That would be a nasty set of receivers I know that…. pretty potent offense with a QB that passes so frequently…. and you have Reggie Bush…shew. Not a Lions fan by any means but adding this guy would almost be unfair haha. Aside from the Vikings that division is going to be heavily competitive this year. Lots of big F/A moves.

  65. DonKellyBaby says: Apr 9, 2014 11:20 AM

    I still believe the Lions real target is Khalil Mack.

    Watkins is a smokescreen

  66. pioniere says: Apr 9, 2014 11:27 AM

    Another WR? Is Matt Millen back in the front office there?

  67. urrealitycheck says: Apr 9, 2014 11:33 AM

    Observe the last 3 Super Bowl Champions….Seattle, Baltimore, New York

    Punishing Run attack
    Oppressive Defense
    Learn something everybody!

  68. motowncool says: Apr 9, 2014 11:42 AM

    Excellent Smoke Screen!

  69. nomoreliesfortoday says: Apr 9, 2014 11:43 AM

    lol….lol..lol.

    Yeah, cause Offense is the problem in Detroit. lol

  70. kev86 says: Apr 9, 2014 11:43 AM

    Smokescreen. Dennard is the pick.

  71. flickaboogie says: Apr 9, 2014 11:48 AM

    I could see the Lions trading Fairley and a mid round pick to move up. Fairly is good and it only takes one team to think that he can be elite.

  72. shackdelrio says: Apr 9, 2014 11:51 AM

    It doesn’t matter who they draft as long as Clueless Caldwell is still at the helm.

  73. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 9, 2014 11:52 AM

    they need a real coach first, instead of stoneface caldwell

  74. gerwinke1985 says: Apr 9, 2014 11:55 AM

    I doubt it’s a smoke screen. Bill Jr. is getting involved in the process and from all indications he’s getting involved more so then ever before. To those saying the defense is terrible you seem to forget that Detroit had one of the best run defenses last season to go along with a very young secondary. Secondaries typically take 2-3 years to develop. Whether they actually pull it off is another story but Mayhew has never done this much to create a smoke screen. There is legitimate interest here, it will all come down to what kind of bidding war the Rams start for the #2 pick.

  75. justintuckrule says: Apr 9, 2014 11:55 AM

    The curse of being the best at your position. You get stuck to teams like the Lions.

  76. mkbane says: Apr 9, 2014 11:57 AM

    “They’re doing a great job with the program with all the coaches.”
    ==================================

    They just replaced the coaches.

    ==================================

    Did you ever think he might be referring to the new coaches i.e. the one’s he’s visited with?

  77. atlfan31833 says: Apr 9, 2014 11:58 AM

    The first 5 picks will be…

    DE (Clowney), LB/DE (Mack), 2 QB’s, and an OT in no particular order. (Possibly 2 OT’s instead of 2 QB’s.)

    Falcons should trade down for the right price.

  78. winninaintsinnin says: Apr 9, 2014 11:59 AM

    Congrats to the kid for saying the right things.

  79. realnflmaster says: Apr 9, 2014 11:59 AM

    That worked out so well for Atlanta.

  80. mkbane says: Apr 9, 2014 12:00 PM

    I don’t think it’s feasible for the Lions to trade up to #2. At the very least, they would have to give up the #10 pick, their second rounder, and their 2015 first rounder. the caveat to that is perhaps the trade chart gets distorted by this years supposedly deep draft. Teams looking to move up might be able to do so for a little less this year. That being said, I could see the Lions moving up to maybe #5 if Watkins is still available. Otherwise the cost is too steep for a team with as many needs as Detroit.

    ================================

    Trades bounties like that happen for franchise QB prospects. Moving up like that will not be nearly that expensive in this draft.

  81. r8dernation says: Apr 9, 2014 12:03 PM

    Not enough balls to go around. Plus, they need a QB.

  82. Norseman says: Apr 9, 2014 12:03 PM

    Well, as a Vikings fan, I hope Detroit does trade up and get Watkins. He’ll not make a difference in the Lions passing game- which already generates a ton of yards- but will cost them in draft picks and the opportunity to improve the rest of their team.

  83. azjam says: Apr 9, 2014 12:19 PM

    OT Lewan Taylor Michigan should be there when they pick at #10. Makes more sense to protect Stafford than give him another wr while he is running for his life!!

  84. gbmickey says: Apr 9, 2014 12:21 PM

    Theres been talk? Its not even linked to anyone within the team or the NFL. The talk could have came from a kid on the street. What sense would a move like this make?

  85. 2qswing says: Apr 9, 2014 12:28 PM

    can he play corner

  86. jeff77m says: Apr 9, 2014 12:30 PM

    When Kris Durham is a starting WR on your roster, you can feel free to trade up and draft whichever WR you want! Did you guys see what the WRs looked like without Megatron last year? Tate can’t do it alone.

  87. 2qswing says: Apr 9, 2014 12:30 PM

    Stafford very overrated. Runs up the stats and beats the bums but absolutely folds against every good team he plays. look it up

  88. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 9, 2014 12:31 PM

    Never say never, but this will never happen.

  89. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 9, 2014 12:37 PM

    people are saying it would be stupid for the Vikings to not draft for defense and select Sammy Watkins if he’s there at #8, and they don’t have calvin johnson on their team. Sammy & Cordarrelle would be scary but we need defense, so does detroit

  90. trollaikman8 says: Apr 9, 2014 12:45 PM

    Meanwhile they need 3-4 new starters in the secondary.

    This is BS smokescreen.

  91. jaxbeachjagfan says: Apr 9, 2014 12:48 PM

    “There’s talk…” LOL. How lazy.

    At least make up an un-named source.

  92. willnit says: Apr 9, 2014 12:49 PM

    After reading these comments I can see most of you haven’t seen the Lions play in 3 to 4 years. SMH

  93. sadviking says: Apr 9, 2014 12:53 PM

    Aren’t we all going to feel stupid when this kid is the next megatron…

  94. weaselpuppy says: Apr 9, 2014 1:12 PM

    The Lions have a run game, Bush/Bell were the first tandem in history to both have 500+ yards rushing and receiving….

    I’d love to have the kid, and considering at #10 there isn’t a shutdown corner, elite edge rusher from the 4-3 DE slot or franchise LT, I’d love to get an impact player…

  95. sfm073 says: Apr 9, 2014 1:23 PM

    The rams really can’t afford to pass up on this guy unless the offer is too good to be true.

  96. moeman79 says: Apr 9, 2014 1:37 PM

    well good having 80% of you cap space in qb,wr,dl is gonna leave you with a lot of holes to fill

  97. moeman79 says: Apr 9, 2014 1:43 PM

    I hope the Lolion give up the house to the rams for #2 pick . can you imagine what the rams might do with all of Detroit’s and Washington’s draft picks that would be one happy GM

  98. thetruthcampaign says: Apr 9, 2014 1:45 PM

    The Lions just need to know how best to use their pieces. They haven’t known how to in years.

  99. chargerdillon says: Apr 9, 2014 2:00 PM

    The only thing that’s more funny than the headline is idiotic Lions fans actually defending the idea.

    If you’re a Lions fan and you really think bringing in another high profile WR is really going to help your team do anything more than be 3rd in the division. Well then quite frankly…..you deserve to be a Lions fan.

  100. gerwinke1985 says: Apr 9, 2014 2:14 PM

    OT Lewan Taylor Michigan should be there when they pick at #10. Makes more sense to protect Stafford than give him another wr while he is running for his life!!

    Yeah because the 8th best offensive line in the NFL is such a bad thing. Not to mention they accomplished this with a 2nd year LT(Reiff), an undrafted rookie RT(Waddle) and a rookie guard(Warford). Oh gee, they were sooo bad. SMH

  101. smarshall3789 says: Apr 9, 2014 2:21 PM

    I love my Lions but no do not trade up for him! If he falls to you take him but do not trade picks and future assets for another WR! This draft is loaded with them grab one later we need CBs a LB and some O line depth first

  102. madroaddog says: Apr 9, 2014 2:38 PM

    A team will have to trade up in the top three to get SW but why, when there is a plethora of good wide receivers in the draft.

  103. bobusch1 says: Apr 9, 2014 2:42 PM

    Bring him on, if we are gonna lose anyways at least it will be more exciting, I give up on Lions logic so I just go with what they do. They haven’t done any better at drafting DB’s so give me offense instead of another failed db pick. Nothing we say is gonna change what they do so if its watching a db get beat , or watching a 45 yrd td pass to our wr, I take the wr side

  104. louiedogg16 says: Apr 9, 2014 2:53 PM

    I doubt the legitimacy of this, but if its true, Matt Stafford is my fantasy QB

  105. kpizzow says: Apr 9, 2014 3:16 PM

    Is Matt Millen Back ?!!? Lord…how man WR’s do you need…must be a slow news cycle. The guy should be a beast but you trade away picks to get him when you have other needs is just dumb….

  106. jacobmcbride1 says: Apr 9, 2014 3:24 PM

    For people who say the Lions have other needs, no they don’t. Every starting position is filled, so they are basically just drafting whoever they like.

  107. warhammer420 says: Apr 9, 2014 4:00 PM

    Yes! Please trade up and get Watkins! Megatron, Watkins, Tate… sexiest offense in the league!

  108. winstonjed44 says: Apr 9, 2014 4:07 PM

    If he’s there at 10, jump on him, but I’m sure even the most staunch Lions fans know they are not one piece away and can’t afford to give up valuable picks/assets to get him. Too many needs.

  109. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Apr 9, 2014 4:42 PM

    Bush/Bell…if you really have 2 then you don’t even have one.

  110. axespray says: Apr 9, 2014 6:22 PM

    No one plays D in the North.

    So win with Offense.

  111. vikesindividual says: Apr 10, 2014 2:13 PM

    as a Vikings fan, i’m actually in favor of this. Watkins is great, but if Detroit spends that much to go get a WR, their defense will be god awful.

    so go ahead… grab Watkins! i’d be more afraid with them staying put at #10 and drafting Mike Evans.

    THAT would worry me.

  112. vikingcheesegrater says: Apr 12, 2014 9:19 PM

    I don’t believe this story. While it would be great to have Watkins on the same field as Megatron, it just seems like the price would be too high.

    There are a number of very good wide receivers in this draft besides Watkins. Having a combination of one of those receivers PLUS whatever they could get with their other picks would have to add more to their team than just Sammy alone.

    It’s kind of like back in 1998 when the Vikings had Carter and Moss. That offense was the best ever up to that point, but they still didn’t win a Super Bowl. The same thing happened with the ’07 Patriots and the ’13 Broncos.

    If it were me, I’d stick with Megatron, Reggie, and maybe get another WR later in the draft. Then use the #10 pick on an elite cornerback. Just my opinion. Who knows if I’m right or not. One thing IS for sure: the combination of Calvin and Sammy would be a lot of fun to watch!

  113. warhammer420 says: Apr 13, 2014 7:01 PM

    “Then use the #10 pick on an elite cornerback.”

    The problem is, there are no elite CB’s in this draft. If a potential Deion Sanders or Rod Woodson were in this draft class, I’d be all for them using a #10 on him. But there just isn’t.

  114. lucimorland says: Apr 16, 2014 1:31 PM

    Lots of people who don’t seem to know anything about the Lions commented here.

    The Lions have a need at WR, even with Calvin and Tate. That doesn’t mean they will move up to get Watkins, but it does mean that they will draft a WR this year.

    If the Lions think Watkins is a difference-maker, they will try to trade up and get him. Wouldn’t you want your team to do the same?

    The Lions have a solid, but not spectacular defense. The one place where they DON’T need a top pick is at CB. They’ve invested a lot in young corners, and they’re counting on those players to start paying off this year.

    The Lions also have needs at TE, DE, FS and could use another body at DT and a K. They could even go OLB is they want a pass-rusher (Mack, Barr, etc).

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