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: Detroit Lions ‘very serious’ about trading up for Sammy Watkins


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.


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.

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  • Babs Boudrie

    Love the idea, use the rest of the draft to boost defense and possibly pick up a QB. Go get it done Mayhew

  • Bob

    They will have to get in the top five to get him. Been saying this for ever.

  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    The Lions need help on defense and they already overpaid for Golden Tate. What’s the sense of losing games by 42-38? Plus, they are one play away from having the great Dan Orlovsky running the show.

  • Dewight Marice Mitchell

    done deal.