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Bills Trade Up To Take WR Sammy Watkins

Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (Getty Images)

It’s the first pick for new Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley, and there’s a lot riding on it for him — and more importantly the team.

There was all kinds of talk about the Bills moving up to take the number one overall pick. But in the end, the Bills worked a deal with Cleveland to take the fourth pick overall, and used it to take wide receiver Sammy Watkins out of Clemson.

With the Bills having failed to make the playoffs in 14 years, was it a desperation move? Not at all. Whaley said Watkins was the highest rated player on their board, and they wanted him. He says Watkins is a dynamic playmaker and will automatically make EJ Manuel a better quarterback and help make the Bills harder to defend.

Bills President Russ Brandon said he was excited about what happened. He said going into the draft that the Bills would be bold, and they made a bold move. But they gave away a lot to get him, giving up their own pick in the first round

Watkins has been making national headlines since he was a college freshman, and during his career, he set all kinds of records at Clemson. He’s the school’s all-time leader, with 240 career receptions, the second best total in Atlantic Coast Conference history. He also has the Tigers record, with 3,391 yards receiving, third-best in ACC history. His 27 career touchdowns tied the school record.

He better be all the Bills believe he is and can be. They gave up a lot to get him. The Bills swapped picks with the Cleveland Browns, giving the Browns the ninth pick in this year’s draft, plus the BIlls #1 pick and #4 pick next year.

Here’s Sammy Watkins first interview with the Buffalo media:

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Bills President Russ Brandon and General Manager Doug Whaley discuss their selection of Sammy Watkins

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