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Report: Lions tell Sammy Watkins they’re serious about drafting him

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The Detroit Lions signed Golden Tate this off-season in efforts to boost their wide receiver core which is dominated by Calvin Johnson, the best receiver in the game. The team may not stop with Tate however. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, the Lions have reportedly told Sammy Watkins they’re “very serious” about acquiring him, says Watkins himself.

While it seems the only way the Lions will be able to acquire Watkins is via trade, what would they have to give up? There have been ramblings of a proposed Ndamukong Suh trade, but those rumors have been shut down. So, once again, what would it take? The Dolphins traded their #12 pick and #42 pick last year to acquire the #3 overall pick from the Oakland Raiders in which they used to draft Dion Jordan. 

So would the Lions have enough to persuade one of the top teams on the draft board? It remains to be seen or even known, but the Lions are clearly very interested in Sammy Watkins. Lions GM Martin Mayhew said on Tuesday that the interest is serious, and Watkins “would fit us” in regards to Watkins’ potential with the Lions.

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