Will the Sammy Watkins trade be worth it?
In a dramatic Wednesday evening, the Buffalo Bills traded with the Cleveland Browns to obtain the fourth overall pick to select the most dynamic offensive weapon in the draft, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
It costed them the ninth overall pick they held this year, which Cleveland later traded up one pick to select Oklahoma State corner back Justin Gilbert, as well as their first and fifth round picks in next years draft.
Giving up an additional first round pick to move up five spots is a bold statement from Bills general manager Doug Whaley, especially considering this is his first draft in complete control.
It is clear that Whaley is doing everything he can to help second-year quarterback E.J Manuel, proving so on day two of the draft when he selected Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
The scary thing about this trade is that it puts Buffalo in a must-win-now kind of mode, because if history repeats itself, Cleveland will wind up with a top 10 pick from the Bills. But Doug Marrone and company will do everything to try and prevent this.
Only time will tell what kind of an impact Sammy Watkins has on Buffalo, but one thing is clear — if the Bills don’t make the playoffs next year, Doug Whaley will be fed with a boatload of skepticism when Cleveland comes on the clock in May 2015.
On a less serious note, draft history may have been made when Sammy Watkins took what is probably the first official “selfie” on stage with Commissioner Goodell.