Considered to be the most talented player coming into this year’s draft, Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins is projected to be selected as high as No. 2 to the St. Louis Rams.
There’s no question that the Detroit Lions need to add a true No. 2 wide receiver to complement Calvin Johnson this offseason. Even though Watkins could be selected before the Lions are on the clock at No. 10, the possibility of the team trading up to acquire the All-American is still on the table, according to Bleacher Report NFL analyst Matt Miller.
It’s no surprise that Watkins is liking the idea of playing in Detroit. On his Instagram account, Watkins posted a picture of a Lions jersey with his last name on the back. He even told Justin Rogers of MLive.com at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month that lining up opposite of Johnson would be great.
“Just working with the best guys you get that instant work ethic, imitate everything he does in practice,” Watkins said. “I’m pretty sure he’s a hard working guy, he comes ready and prepared every day. I could get in the film room with him and he could break things down. The transition would be much easier.”
Although adding Watkins to the roster would be exceptional for the Lions, it would come with a price, due to the fact that teams such as the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills have strong interest in the 20-year old.
The probability of giving up multiple first and second round picks to an interested franchise in order to draft Watkins is strong and because the Lions have other positions that need to be addressed this offseason, it’s a question of whether or not acquiring the Florida native is worth it.