The Buffalo Bills did everything they could to make sure they got Sammy Watkins.
After the first three teams made their picks, the Cleveland Browns were on the clock at No. 4. However, the Bills mortgaged their future to move up from No. 9, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Buffalo decided to use the pick to grab one of the top players in the entire class in Watkins.
The wide receiver posted big numbers throughout his career at Clemson, but his game projects to be even better at the next level. Former head coach Brian Billick makes an interesting comparison:
Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com had a similar thought while appreciating the deal the Bills made:
On the other hand, Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey makes a different comparison to a receiver who has had quite a career:
ESPN's Chris Mortensen notes that he was considered by some to be the best player in the draft at any position:
There is little question that he will be able to fit well with the Bills. One person who was excited right away was quarterback EJ Manuel, via Mortensen:
C.J. Spiller is also happy to hear about his newest teammate, via Josina Anderson of ESPN:
Jamele Hill of ESPN points out how much Watkins will help the young quarterback in his second year:
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com and the Sports Illustrated Twitter account both note the weapons that the team will have offensively next season:
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports believes this will lead to good things:
As far as whether Watkins will enjoy himself, this seems to be the best-case scenario for the receiver, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network:
However, Breer also points out that this addition might be the end of the Bills career for another player at the position:
It remains to be seen what will happen to Stevie Johnson going forward. If he stays, the squad will have another talented player for Manuel to throw to, but it also might be too crowded at the position now.
Either way, Watkins has loads of talent and he is likely to make a contribution right away. Of course, he now has a lot to live up to after the team gave up multiple future picks to bring him to town. Only time will tell if he can reach this potential.
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