Watkins admits it would be a “blessing” if selected by Detroit.
NFL prospect Sammy Watkins will likely be off the board by the time the Detroit Lions come into play with the 10th overall pick, but that hasn’t stopped him from revealing that he would relish the move.
With the Lions bringing in Golden Tate to compliment the likes of quarterback Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, Watkins believes that by joining them, the franchise would have an even more formidable offensive unit.
Watkins would particularly love to play alongside Johnson, but believes that the whole concept of him moving to Detroit would be a blessing.
“It’d be definitely a blessing playing with Megatron and Golden Tate, having Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford,” Watkins told the Detroit Free Press. “They’re doing a great job with the program with all the coaches. If I ever go there, sky’s the limit.”
The young star is scheduled to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, who own the third overall pick, on Wednesday while he is also expected to meet with the St Louis Rams on Monday who have the second overall pick.
As a result, it is highly unlikely that the Lions will have him as an option when their involvement starts in the draft, despite hosting Watkins for a pre-draft visit and also having team executives go for dinner with him.
Nevertheless, Watkins was keen not to rule out the possibility of the Lions trading up in order to be in a position to select him.
“Anything can happen,” Watkins he added. “You don’t know what team’s jumping up for the first pick, anybody can be jumping up, so who knows? You never know.”
The former Clemson star has been most recently projected as the No.7 overall pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft.