As the Detroit Lions have been publicly effusive in their love of Sammy Watkins, many have speculated they would have to trade up as high as to the number two overall pick to select him. This presents a potentially significant hurdle to cross to get Watkins with a cost involved.
But wait, what if what we’ve come to believe regarding Watkins and his place in the draft doesn’t line up with how NFL teams are actually thinking?
Jason La Canfora took on that subject as it relates to Watkins, Mike Evans and the draft’s other top wide receivers. Is it possible the Lions could draft Watkins with only a modest trade up, or none at all? La Canfora sees that as a very real possibility:
Evans is seen by several teams as his equal and in some cases, would be the pick in the event of a virtual tie based on his superior height. In fact, if I was doing a mock right now, I’d have Evans to Tampa Bay at seven, and I would probably put Watkins to Buffalo at nine or Detroit at 10. And if he does in fact get out of the top five, of any team, I could see Detroit possibly moving up a few spots to land him (the Lions have been exhaustive in their pre-draft analysis of Watkins).
This obviously comes with the caveat that smokescreens abound this time of year but with so little clarity in how the top ten will play out, it can’t be ruled out. The Watkins bandwagon has plenty of Lions fans on it already, I’m sure a number more are ready to jump on if it doesn’t take a significant move up the board to get him.
Kevin Garnett knows: