Bills trade up with Browns, take Sammy Watkins


In the first trade of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills moved up five spots with Cleveland to take Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 overall selection.

The Bills paid a huge price to move up from No. 9. In addition to giving up the ninth pick, Buffalo surrendered its No. 1 selection in 2015, as well as a fourth-rounder in 2015, to take Watkins, regarded as one of the draft’s top offensive playmakers.

The Browns now have the No. 9 and No. 26 picks in Round One.

Watkins figures an immediate starter in a Bills receiving corps that already features Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods.

The Bills’ deal for Watkins is reminiscent of the Falcons move for wideout Julio Jones three years ago. The Falcons’ trade partner, as you may recall, was Cleveland, which added a 2012 first-round pick when trading out of the No. 6 spot.