OT: Sammy Watkins wants Lions to draft him

Submitted by Decatur Jack on March 19th, 2014 at 3:04 PM

As a follow-up to a previous board topic I posted, where the Lions were considering trading up to get Watkins (as well as Watkins posting pics of Lions paraphenalia on his Tumblr), it seems Sammy is at it again.

Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins isn’t concerned which team he lands with as long as he’s one of the first players picked in May’s 2014 NFL Draft.

But if the Lions, who were recently reported as having interest in Watkins, were to select him the 20-year-old wide receiver would fit right in.

“I think that would be crazy,” Watkins told FOXSports.com. “You wouldn’t be able to double-guard Megatron. You wouldn’t be able to double-guard me. Basically it would be pick your poison and then you have Golden Tate in the slot. He runs nice routes and is a very physical guy. Then you have Reggie Bush in the backfield. There would be a lot of speed in that offense.

“That’s the type of offense that I want to play in. It’s a very explosive offense. Being with good coaches, an older wide receiver and a quarterback would definitely help me out a lot.”

LINK. Lions fans react.


Wolverine 73

March 19th, 2014 at 3:18 PM ^

That's all there is to it.  He was sending out pictures of himself in a Browns' jersey and talking about how awesome that would be.  He's no fool, he wants the best K he can get.

oriental andrew

March 19th, 2014 at 3:50 PM ^

then who's Rodimus Prime?  And Ultra Magnus?  I was always a Sideswipe fan, myself.  How can you not love a red Lamborghini Countach (and his yellow brother, Sunstreaker; Red Alert; and another one i can't think of)?  And Wheeljack was so cool, too.  A Lancia Stratos scientist?  Awesome.  And Jazz, a Porsche 935 (or was he a 911 slant nose?  I think the former).  I also had Mirage, an open wheel race car; Prowl was cool - a Datsun 280Z.  

And dinobots, man!  I had Slag, Grimlock, and Swoop.  I also pretended that Jetfire was a Robotech VF-1 Valkyrie.  

Wait, what were we talking about again?


March 19th, 2014 at 3:23 PM ^

This reminds of college recruit quotes saying things like "I'm honored and excited that they offered me" or "they are in my top group" or "I'll certainly consider that school"...........


March 19th, 2014 at 3:40 PM ^

There were some good ones, to be sure, and like others said, Watkins is probably trying to maximize his value and go as high as he can in the draft. I don't think anyone would blame him for that. Certainly, you do like to hear someone describe the potential as "Megatron and Starscream with Soundwave (Tate) in the slot". I think I could live with that, as a Lions fan. 


March 19th, 2014 at 4:09 PM ^


The Lions have needs all over the field and they just dropped some serious salary cap on another wide receiver.  Matt Millen is no longer the GM; no way the Lions give away draft picks and neglect so many other concerns to over-cover a situation they have already addressed.

Will. Not. Happen.  Go peddle your draft stock elsewhere.

BTW, I still want the Lions to sign Avant.  We need us some mature leadership, and I'm OK with additional WRs at a reasonable price.


March 19th, 2014 at 6:36 PM ^

There's literally no chance they take a receiver in the first round now that they've already signed Tate. Not when they a) have other big holes to fill and b) the draft will offer a ton of receiver talent later on. It's loaded with receivers. You can get a very good one in round 3.

Perkis-Size Me

March 19th, 2014 at 4:22 PM ^

That offense would have the potential to be off the charts, crazy good.

But knowing the Lions, even if they drafted Watkins, they'd find some way to screw things up and miss the playoffs.


March 19th, 2014 at 4:47 PM ^

Here's whom the Lions should draft:

  • Taylor Lewan
  • Jeremy Gallon
  • Michael Schofield
  • Fitzgerald Toussaint
  • Thomas Gordon
  • Cameron Gordon


March 19th, 2014 at 5:35 PM ^

FWIW he posted pictures to Instagram page in Browns, Rams, Bucs, and Lions jerseys. As a biased Lions fan, the Lions would be the best place for him. However, if they can't trade up, I'd take Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack if either falls that far. I think drafting Gilbert or Dennard would be a reach at 10.


March 19th, 2014 at 10:55 PM ^

A few weeks ago, I told a guy I'd eat my socks if Watkins, Tate, and Megatron were all playing for the Lions in Week 1.

In the event that I must eat my socks, how do you suggest I prepare them?


March 19th, 2014 at 10:58 PM ^

As someone who got pretty discouraged with Stafford last season, I'd have to say that if he had Calvin, Watkins and Tate and didn't make a Pro Bowl next year, we'd know we have a loser on our hands.