Throughout the entire pre-draft process, it’s been no secret that a huge point of focus for the Detroit Lions in the first round is getting some big-time help in the receiving game for Calvin Johnson. Sure, the team did sign a good possession threat in Golden Tate this offseason, but with their top-10 positioning, they want a potential hall-of-fame threat to add to the offense.
For months it’s been speculated that to fill this need, they would select Mike Evans, the next receiver that should be available in their slot after the consensus best receiver this group has to offer, Sammy Watkins, is off the board quickly.
But now as the draft draws closer, it seems as if the Lions are so in love with the thought of landing Watkins, they have indicated to the former Clemson star himself that there is a real possibility that they would trade up to bring him to the Motor City to play with Johnson, Tate and quarterback Matthew Stafford.
From talking with Sammy Watkins today: The #Lions have made it clear to him they are very serious about potentially trading up for him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 6, 2014
After workouts and interviews–coupled with his stellar career at Clemson–there has been no doubt in anyone’s mind that Watkins is the top wide receiver that is available in this crop of talent. If the Lions really want a number one receiver to put opposite Megatron, then pulling the trade trigger this Thursday to get the versatile Watkins would be the right move.