NFL Draft 2014: Will Detroit Lions Trade Up To Draft Sammy Watkins?

When it comes to the 2014 NFL Draft, all 32 teams are doing their due diligence on a number of prospects, regardless of whether or not they are expecting that they will still be on the board when they are on the clock. Players fall, trades happen, surprises occur. That is why every team must have multiple back-up plans and contingencies based on various scenarios. That is why you will see teams with late first-round selections bringing in players who are expected to go within the first half of the draft on Day 1. It may mean that the team is simply scouting the player, or that there is a genuine interest and that they are seriously considering making a move up in the draft in order to select the player whom they covet most. Of course, until it happens, we never know what actually goes on in draft war rooms throughout the NFL. One thing, however, appears certain, and that is the level of interest the Detroit Lions have in drafting Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the 2014 NFL Draft. The problem with that logic is that the Lions currently hold the No. 10 pick in the first round, and Watkins is expected to go between No. 2 and No. 9. That is why if the Lions truly wish to pair Watkins with Calvin Johnson to form perhaps the best 1-2 WR punch in the league for years to come, they will have to move up in order to make it happen.

The Houston Texans have been talking with teams about shopping the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The St. Louis Rams possess the No. 2 and No. 13 pick in the first round, and have made it clear that they would be more than willing to move out of the second spot to accumulate more picks. Other teams in the top 10 could also be looking to move up or down, meaning the Lions may have their fair share of trade partners if they are intent on drafting Watkins.

Most likely, the Texans or the team who trade up with them to obtain the first overall pick would not draft Watkins. The Rams could take him at two, provided they keep the pick. The Lions or another team could also trade up to take Watkins or another player second. The Jacksonville Jaguars could be a possibility at No. 3, although a quarterback or falling defensive star appear more likely. The Cleveland Browns would make a lot of sense at No. 4, as would the Oakland Raiders at No. 6. The Atlanta Falcons would likely pass on selecting another receiver, although Matt Ryan would certainly endorse the move. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would also make a lot of sense at No. 7, as would the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills at eighth and ninth. That means that the Lions would possibly have to move all the way up to second, or at least within the top four or five to give them a legitimate chance to drafting Watkins.



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Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.