The Detroit Lions have made it very clear that they would like to bring in another dynamic wide receiver across from Calvin Johnson, There have been many reports this offseason that they would love to have Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, and that very well could happen with recent reports that have come out. According to those reports, the Lions are looking and more than willing to trade up in the draft to get Watkins.
There is reportedly a ‘growing sense’ that the Lions will trade up on draft day for WR Sammy Watkins. http://t.co/aUghnM7zZ3
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Adding Watkins to the offense would make the Lions even more dangerous. Matthew Stafford has proved that he can put up big numbers through the air when he has options to pass to. If the Lions did bring in a deep threat like Watkins, they would add the one thing that Stafford hasn’t had recently, especially with all of the coverage that defenses throw at Johnson.
Watkins had a big year last season at Clemson, catching 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the complete package at the wide receiver position, with the ability to burn defenders down the field or in the short game with his ability to make plays in the open field. There is no doubt that his game will translate to the NFL, and there are quite a few analysts and scouts that believe he is a sure pick.
Overall, the Lions would be very smart to make a move up in the draft to select Watkins. Their offense has been very explosive in recent years, but they would be at another level with a player like Watkins on the field. Perhaps the biggest part of drafting Watkins would be the relief that Megatron could get from opposing defenses with another threat on the field.