This week we’re taking a look at the Detroit Lions pick in a new mock draft on With the First Pick from Peter Smith. He has the Lions spending their first round pick on Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Smith offers the following commentary:
The Lions have had a frustrating time with how fragile their offense has been. When Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson or Matthew Stafford are less than 100%, the offense really has issues. Nate Burleson’s pizza mishap certainly hurt, but the Lions could use another legitimate weapon on the outside anyway. Watkins is a great fit with Stafford’s arm and his ability to be a power receiver that stretches the field. He is ideally suited as a #2 receiver and could have a huge impact across from Johnson as a rookie.
Yes, please, sign me up. The idea of Watkins being available when the Lions pick hasn’t been a scenario I’ve allowed myself to fantasize about but I love it. Watkins hasn’t officially declared for the draft – he’s waiting until after the bowl game to make a decision – but Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has already stated he thinks Watkins is ready for the NFL.
There would likely be a few chuckles if the Lions take a wide receiver in the first round given their history but the truth is they need someone to play opposite Calvin Johnson. Watkins would give the Lions a playmaker capable of beating his man down the field or working some magic if given the ball in space.