Lions players in favor of adding Sammy Watkins to the mix

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Stephen Tulloch believes Sammy Watkins is a 'once-in-a-10-year-player,' and Golden Tate thinks he would be a great addition to the offense.

There’s been a lot of talk about the Lions moving up in next month’s NFL Draft to get one of the seven or eight “elite” players available.

One of the players frequently linked to Detroit is former Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.

Watkins, the consensus top receiver available in the draft, caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards with 12 touchdowns last season.

Sammy WatkinsWR Sammy Watkins (Photo: AP Images)

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch called Watkins a once-in-a-decade player when asked Tuesday who he thought the Lions should draft.

“Obviously (Jadeveon) Clowney is a great player, but my all-star pick is that guy out of Clemson,” Tulloch said of Watkins. “I think he’s a once-in-a-10-year-player.”

Receiver Golden Tate was asked about the possibility of adding a player as dynamic as Watkins to their receiving corps.

“Hey, the more the merrier,” Tate said. “A lot of respect for Sammy Watkins. I think he’s going to play a long time regardless of where he goes. I think he’d be a great addition to this offense. Another deep threat, for sure, a compliment to myself, Calvin, (Kevin) Ogletree, (Jeremy) Ross and the other guys in the locker room.”

If the Lions want Watkins, however, it’ll cost them because they’ll have to move up from No. 10 to get him. Watkins is expected to be a top 5 pick.

“He seemed to be a very humble guy,” Tate said of meeting Watkins earlier this month. “His game speaks for itself. He’s kind of quiet, which you kind of expect that out of a rookie. Rookies shouldn’t talk much in the first place, in my eyes. But we’ll see.

"I’ll be anxious to see this draft. This is such a strong draft class, I’m excited to see where we go. I don’t know if we’re going to keep our pick, trade up or trade back. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but I’m excited to see who we can bring in to this organization to help us.”

Tate said there are no egos in the receiver room. The goal is to win the division, get home field advantage in the playoffs and make a run at the Super Bowl. If Watkins can help the Lions accomplish those goals then Tate is all for it.