As more information comes out about the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, what the Lions need to do to get Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins becomes more clear. In tweets on Thursday, NFL writer Ian Rapoport hinted that the Lions will have to trade into #5 slot or higher if they hope to land Sammy Watkins.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2014
If the Raiders will definitely draft Sammy Watkins if available at number five, the Lions will have to trade with the Raiders or one of the teams ahead of them to secure the services of the Clemson wideout. That may cost them their #10 draft pick, Ndamukong Suh or both to make that work.
Although the price is high it is not out of the realm of possibility. Both the Browns and Raiders have the cap space available to make a deal for Suh work and both teams also happen to be in need of a strong presence on the defensive line. If the Lions have been rumored to be shopping Suh so trading him and the teams 10th overall pick would be feasible if it meant getting their man.
But is Sammy Watkins their man?
Hard to say considering the Lions have been linked to nearly every top ten prospect in this years draft. The Lions broad interest and multiple needs open up the possibility that the Lions could trade up but have another player like Khalil Mack in their sites.
All the trade possibilities and prospects available make it anyone’s guess what will happen on Draft Day.