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Bills hosting Sammy Watkins for visit, would need to deal


The Lions might not be the only team thinking about making a move up for one of the top offensive players in the upcoming NFL Draft.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is visiting the Bills today.

The Bills pick ninth, which won’t be high enough to take the playmaking receiver. Like his recent trip to see the Lions, the visit will create some intrigue about the possibility of deals with teams in the top four or five spots.

Watkins said he grew up a Bills fan, and would make a nice pair of deep threats in Buffalo with former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller.

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14 Responses to “Bills hosting Sammy Watkins for visit, would need to deal”
  1. robigd says: Apr 23, 2014 11:15 AM

    Watkins said Jacksonville has had the best coaching staff of any team he visited. It is pretty obvious where he wants to play.

  2. forty9asty says: Apr 23, 2014 11:20 AM

    I love all this intrigue about teams trading up/down…

  3. jjb0811 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:21 AM

    If the Bills don’t draft a lineman, their franchise QB is going to get killed. From what’s been said, it’s a deep draft for WR’s not so much for line.

  4. marty2020 says: Apr 23, 2014 11:22 AM

    robigd says: Apr 23, 2014 11:15 AM

    “Watkins said Jacksonville has had the best coaching staff of any team he visited. It is pretty obvious where he wants to play.”

    You left out one key phrase. “One of…” as in “The Jaguars have one of the best coaching staffs…”

    That’s what he actually said.

  5. southpaw2k says: Apr 23, 2014 11:28 AM

    Bills are clearly either doing their due diligence on a top prospect or *cough cough* creating a smokescreen *cough cough*.

  6. pillowporkers says: Apr 23, 2014 11:31 AM

    Not a bills fan, so correct me if I’m wrong, but I think there are other needs for this team that could be more important than Watkins. I know Stevie will probably be gone after 1 year, but Robert Woods showed flashes, and Goodwin can take the top off. The Bills trading for Mike Williams seemed like a pretty smart move to give them a decent big bodied WR, too. If Watkins was there, sure, but I don’t see the logic in the Bills giving up a big chunk of their draft for a WR. Personally, I would stay at 9, watch a good player fall down the board, and take the best player available.

  7. wiitrainingcamp says: Apr 23, 2014 11:48 AM

    “The Bills pick ninth, which won’t be high enough to take the playmaking receiver.”

    It might be highly unlikely, but you can’t say it’s a certainty. We’ve seen plenty of players fall unexpectedly in the past.

    There just is no downside to being prepared for the unexpected.

  8. corkspop says: Apr 23, 2014 11:49 AM

    Watkins can be a star. That is, if you have a QB who stays healthy and doesn’t check down at the slightest sign of pressure, and, if you have an offensive playbook with plays longer than 20 yards.

  9. ballboy48 says: Apr 23, 2014 12:01 PM

    He’s going to say that any team he visits, has “ONE of the best staffs…”! He wants to be drafted in the top 5. He never said Jacksonville “HAD the best coaching staff…”! Don’t mix words.

  10. oldfootballisbetter says: Apr 23, 2014 12:09 PM

    c.j spiller doesn`t “go”deep.

  11. Norseman says: Apr 23, 2014 12:18 PM

    I think the Rams will draft Watkins. And keep him. They’ll trade up from #13 to #8 with the Vikings too – ahead of the Bills- and get their OT as well.

  12. hrmlss says: Apr 23, 2014 12:25 PM

    Why do they need to deal? Slides happen all the time.
    Just being ready if he does.

  13. limitfive says: Apr 23, 2014 1:02 PM

    Too expensive to trade up for Watkins! As much as I’d like to see him in a Bills uniform, the price to trade up to get him would be too steep.

  14. jeffreyshulenburg says: Apr 23, 2014 2:13 PM

    I think the idea here is to cover their bases if he slides. Since 2010 every first round draft pick in Buffalo has visited. Of their visits, this makes 4 projected top 10 and 2 projected late 1st. It seems to me like they are targeting 4 guys they WANT to slide(Ebron, Watkins, Matthews, Evans), but are probably looking to repeat last year and trade back to get the extra picks(they only have 6). And this makes perfect sense. A majority of their visits are from 2nd and 3rd round players. A part of the draft the Bills have thrived in for the past 5 years. They WANT to trade back and stockpile early round picks

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