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Old 04-10-2014, 06:58 AM   #1
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Default More signs point to Lions trading up for Sammy Watkins

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If the Lions have genuine interest in trading up for Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, they’re doing a bad job of hiding it. If they’re not interested, they’ve put together a potent smokescreen.

Regardless, the chatter is growing that the Lions could make a move for a wideout who would instantly give Detroit arguably the top one-two-three punch at the position: Watkins, Calvin Johnson, and Golden Tate.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that there’s a “growing sense” in league circles that the Lions are willing to make the move. But they may have to move all the way up to No. 2 to get Watkins, and unless they’d be equally happy to take defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, they’ll need to wait until the Rams are on the clock in order to avoid being leapfrogged for Watkins.

If Watkins goes No. 1, he’d be only the third wideout taken first overall since 1984, when the Pats took Irving Fryar. Twelve years later, the Jets selected Keyshawn Johnson with the first overall selection.

Calvin Johnson, in hindsight, should have been the No. 1 pick seven years ago. Detroit’s interest in Watkins, if real, suggests that the Lions see the day coming when Johnson’s cap number exceeds his lingering abilities. Until then, the Lions could have the best trio of wideouts the NFL since the days of Randy Moss, Cris Carter, and Jake Reed.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: More signs point to Lions trading up for Sammy Watkins

The Rams are always in the mix to trade down... although, I'm not sure all the way to 10.
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Default Re: More signs point to Lions trading up for Sammy Watkins

It would be absolutely nuts. According to what NFL Radio just said, they already pay Calvin $16 million and Tate $6 million a year. For his draft spot, Watkins would get almost $6 million himself. That would be almost $28 million invested in the WR position.

They have 6 picks in the first 4 rounds, but two are 4th round comp picks that can't be traded. They're better off letting guys fall to them. They're in a great spot in the first half of the round.
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Default Re: More signs point to Lions trading up for Sammy Watkins

Nothing like drafting a WR to fix a team's porous defense.

Also, it's not like the Lions have a history of drafting flameout WRs at the top of the draft or anything.

This will end well.
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Default Re: More signs point to Lions trading up for Sammy Watkins

more important than anything is balancing the team. Do the Lions really wanna draft a player, even if he becomes great, who's contract in 4 years will take up 10 percent of the cap? They have a #1 who already does.
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Default Re: More signs point to Lions trading up for Sammy Watkins

As long as he doesn't go to Cleveland.
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Default Re: More signs point to Lions trading up for Sammy Watkins

One writer thinks Evans should go before Watkins. Evans and Megatron would be 2 huge WRs for Stafford to throw to.

http://nfl.si.com/2014/04/11/2014-nf...ide-receivers/
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One writer thinks Evans should go before Watkins. Evans and Megatron would be 2 huge WRs for Stafford to throw to.

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Yikes... Evans over Watkins?
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Yikes... Evans over Watkins?
Evans had a great combine - sometimes scouts forget you do not play the game in a T-shirt and shorts while running in a straight line or picking up cones
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more important than anything is balancing the team. Do the Lions really wanna draft a player, even if he becomes great, who's contract in 4 years will take up 10 percent of the cap? They have a #1 who already does.
you balance it out with generic RB's and TE's that don't get paid shit.....
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