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2014 DBN Mock Draft: Detroit Lions Select WR Sammy Watkins at No. 10

Joe Robbins

With the tenth pick in the 2014 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions select...

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

This selection and write-up was made by tmptplayer:

After losing Nate Burleson to the Browns in Free Agency, the Lions need a WR to star opposite Calvin Johnson.  They picked up Golden Tate in the offseason, but were really thin otherwise.  While WR might not be their greatest need, it’s still a need, and Sammy Watkins would be too much for them to pass at #10.  There are even rumors that they may even be willing to trade up for him (link).  Watkins makes a lot of sense at this pick as he is the best player available and fits a team need.

Watkins will have an immediate impact as he will have the advantage of studying under two solid and seasoned receivers, and won’t be the primary concern of an opposing secondary.  It is unclear if he could immediately beat out Tate for the WR2 or if he’ll be in the slot, but he will definitely be given the opportunity to make plays.  While WRs typically take a few years to fully blossom, Watkins won’t have the pressure of being the number one guy while Megatron is there.

This would give the Lions the best one-two punch at receiver in the NFC, and probably the NFL, beating out the Falcons' combination of Roddy White and Julio Jones. It might seem like a little bit of overkill for the Lions to have three good receivers in Calvin Johnson, Watkins, and Golden Tate, but it'd be interesting to watch if this scenario played out. The Lions in general will be interesting to watch this year -- they constantly underachieved under Jim Schwartz, but Jim Caldwell could steer them in a different direction.

The Tennessee Titans are up next, led by Brownie's Year.

2014 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Position School Username
1 Houston Texans Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Weeden2Gordon
2 St. Louis Rams Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina Matt Wood
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo Bumblyjack
4 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Ryan216
5 Oakland Raiders Greg Robinson OT Auburn TuckJob
6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M Haden Dawg
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Henry Dawg
8 Minnesota Vikings Derek Carr QB Fresno State PaduaDSP
9 Buffalo Bills Eric Ebron TE North Carolina Stigosaurus
10 Detroit Lions Sammy Watkins WR Clemson tmptplayer
11 Tennessee Titans Brownie's Year
12 New York Giants MJRisme
13 St. Louis Rams Matt Wood
14 Chicago Bears The Beast Mode
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Siberian Husky
16 Dallas Cowboys Royce Groff
17 Baltimore Ravens OhioCityBrownsBeliever
18 New York Jets OldSaltyDawg
19 Miami Dolphins Brocolis154033
20 Arizona Cardinals a2342432a
21 Green Bay Packers Manly and Loving It
22 Philadelphia Eagles KyriesHaden
23 Kansas City Chiefs Legoman0721
24 Cincinnati Bengals troy145
25 San Diego Chargers Crawford_T
26 Cleveland Browns StuckInPa
27 New Orleans Saints Adam Rice
28 Carolina Panthers Jon Stinchcomb
29 New England Patriots roar888
30 San Francisco 49ers corey.freuen
31 Denver Broncos Bizono
32 Seattle Seahawks KillerNut
33 Houston Texans Weeden2Gordon
34 Washington Redskins rufio
35 Cleveland Browns Mpasadyn740