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More signs point to Lions trading up for Sammy Watkins


If the Lions have genuine interest in trading up for Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, they’re doing a bad job of hiding it.  If they’re not interested, they’ve put together a potent smokescreen.

Regardless, the chatter is growing that the Lions could make a move for a wideout who would instantly give Detroit arguably the top one-two-three punch at the position:  Watkins, Calvin Johnson, and Golden Tate.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that there’s a “growing sense” in league circles that the Lions are willing to make the move.  But they may have to move all the way up to No. 2 to get Watkins, and unless they’d be equally happy to take defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, they’ll need to wait until the Rams are on the clock in order to avoid being leapfrogged for Watkins.

If Watkins goes No. 1, he’d be only the third wideout taken first overall since 1984, when the Pats took Irving Fryar.  Twelve years later, the Jets selected Keyshawn Johnson with the first overall selection.

Calvin Johnson, in hindsight, should have been the No. 1 pick seven years ago.  Detroit’s interest in Watkins, if real, suggests that the Lions see the day coming when Johnson’s cap number exceeds his lingering abilities.  Until then, the Lions could have the best trio of wideouts the NFL since the days of Randy Moss, Cris Carter, and Jake Reed.

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27 Responses to “More signs point to Lions trading up for Sammy Watkins”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 9, 2014 8:52 PM

    Detroit loves them some WRs….

  2. All-American Voltron says: Apr 9, 2014 8:56 PM

    Typical Lions. Top 3 offense year after year after year with a defense that gives up 40+ points in every game that mattes. So what do they do year after year? Spend all their money, energy, and draft picks on boosting their offense …

    Thanks Lions for keeping that treadmill to success–the other 31 teams.

  3. calibear831 says: Apr 9, 2014 8:56 PM

    If this happens, this could arguably be the best WR tandem ever!

  4. sportnorcal says: Apr 9, 2014 8:58 PM

    Dont they take like 5 WRs every draft?

  5. jermainewiggins says: Apr 9, 2014 8:59 PM

    Matt Millen still hard at it

  6. slamdunk says: Apr 9, 2014 9:00 PM

    High draft pick? WR? Lions?

    I need to do some historical research to better remember, but something tells me that previous attempts with these characteristics ended poorly for Detroit.

    Oh wait, they have Megatron to tout now–or is that still considered an exception?

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 9, 2014 9:01 PM

    Well they do need money to sign draft picks, but if they have less draft picks…

  8. khmer379 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:09 PM

    All that offense but no playoffs or championship to show for I guess they want to model themselves after the Broncos

  9. jsharris54 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:11 PM

    Maybe we should wait until after he plays a snap in the NFL before claiming this gives them such a great trio of WRs.

  10. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Apr 9, 2014 9:18 PM

    Millen was ahead of his time

  11. sportswright says: Apr 9, 2014 9:23 PM

    I don’t know if trading up would be worth it, but depending on what they have to give up Watkins seems like as “can’t miss” of a WR since Julio Jones and AJ Green.

  12. realnflmaster says: Apr 9, 2014 9:24 PM

    That worked out so well for Atlanta.

  13. dtownsportslions says: Apr 9, 2014 9:30 PM

    The Lions defense isn’t as bad as people make it out to be. 15th PPG in the NFL. It’s all about not turning the ball over!

  14. DonKellyBaby says: Apr 9, 2014 10:11 PM

    The only player they should trade up for is Khalil Mack.

  15. lj312chicago says: Apr 9, 2014 10:48 PM

    Top 1-2 punch in the nfl is alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall no doubt

  16. tigers182 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:53 PM

    They treated Stafford the same way before the draft.

    I love Watkins, but they need depth over star wide receivers.

  17. jerrysglassescleaner says: Apr 9, 2014 10:55 PM

    Not everyone has the luxury of following the Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys blueprint. Other teams hunt for a special WR but here in Dallas we develop them. We’ll take someone off the Streets or from a later round with low expectations and Tony Romo makes them look like an all star. Thank god im a Cowboys’ fan. Dez Bryant, Larry Fitz. Terrence Williams, Calvin Johnson. In that order.

  18. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 9, 2014 11:38 PM

    defense wins championships

  19. jimmysee says: Apr 9, 2014 11:45 PM

    It’s dangerous to get infatuated with any one player.

    You always end up paying too much.

  20. warhammer420 says: Apr 10, 2014 12:03 AM

    Stop getting my hopes up like this!

  21. meatcarroll says: Apr 10, 2014 12:59 AM

    Matt Stafford’s gonna throw for 6,000 yards but they’ll still go 6-10.

  22. sportzfanx10 says: Apr 10, 2014 2:37 AM

    Why don’t we try for some defense which we really need outside linebacker definitely a glaring need at cornerback. Somebody tell me please what is wrong with Gilbert. He’s really what we need

  23. phillyphan420 says: Apr 10, 2014 7:54 AM

    As terrifying as a Megatron/Watkins tandem would be, they can’t be serious, right?

  24. therealbillybuffalo says: Apr 10, 2014 8:41 AM

    And this is why the Bills will smoke them on Thanksgiving.

  25. 1phillyphan says: Apr 10, 2014 12:29 PM

    Lions just don’t get it…”If” they were to trade up, their only options should be for Clowney. Their offense doesn’t need a Sammy Watkins to make them better. This draft is so deep at WR its scary. Why would they do such a stupid costly move? Move up for Mack, Clowney, or even Barr. Not Watkins

  26. ivanpavlov0000 says: Apr 10, 2014 2:20 PM

    According the the “draft card”, the Lions 10th round pick is worth 1300 points and the 2nd round pick is worth 2600. This means trading up for #2 would essentially be like betting the entire draft (and then some) on that pick.

    I don’t like it. I would have rather they were trying to figure out how to get a proven veteran presence in the defensive backfield.

    In the interview with Dave Birkett, MF made a good case for the Lions needing to think about the post Megatron era (he’s 29). That might be what this is all about.

  27. jonnnyfive says: Apr 11, 2014 1:42 AM

    Draft a corner or something. Dang man, you got a decent front 7. Put a dude in the back of the field.

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