Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers could trade up for Sammy Watkins


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made some serious moves in the offseason. They hired a new coach in Lovie Smith, grabbed a new quarterback in free-agent Josh McCown, and beefed up the defense with the signing of Michael Johnson. But, they might not be done yet as they might be set to make a big move in the NFL Draft next month by trading up for the most prolific receiver, Sammy Watkins.

According to NFL.com, analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah believe that the lure of trading up to the second spot with the St. Louis Rams to get Watkins is too good to pass up on, instead of waiting for Texas A&M’s Mike Evans.

Just because there’s a reasonable chance Evans will be there when the team picks at seven doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make a bold move. Both Davis and Jeremiah believe the Bucs could like Watkins enough to pick up the phone and call the Ramsto discuss a trade for the second overall pick.

With the team just getting rid of Mike Williams, they need someone to line up opposite Vincent Jackson, and for McCown to throw the ball to, and this might be the best option the Bucs have in the first round.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Sammy Watkins Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Kyle Showell London

    if they trade up they might as well get clowney the draft is full of talented receivers with good size and pretty good but not excellent speed

  • Vince Ferlita

    Seriously. No way they trade up for Watkins unless its to move up to 5 for something cheap. Evans is a great pick. Ebron is a great pick. This is the deepest WR draft maybe ever. I like Evans in the first, Su’afilo in second, and maybe ASJ or McCarron in third? Unless someone like Mack or Robinson fall to 7 Evans is the pick cause Watkins is gone. I like Evans. He played against SEC. Started football late. Can learn under VJax. Some might say a better pick than Watkins (disappeared in games, played in ACC, injuries). Either one is fine with me but we have 6 picks as it is. We will not trade rounds 1-3.