May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Sammy Watkins (Clemson) poses for a photo after being selected as the number four overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Buffalo Bills at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Bills trade up to waste 4th pick

They call mock drafts “mock,” because that’s exactly what they are. If you’re like me, you probably read a plethora of them. How many mock drafts did you see Sammy Watkins going in the top 5?

Maybe I’m completely blind, but I can’t recall any that I read. Sammy may be a talented wide receiver, and hopefully he’ll be worth what the Bills gave up to get him. However, when you saw the Bills trade with Cleveland, did you really fathom that they’d draft anyone other than Khalil Mack? If they had just picked the talented linebacker from the University at Buffalo I probably wouldn’t have thrown a fit in the middle of a Mexican restaurant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Wide receivers are such a gamble in the first round, and trading up for one is completely asinine. Unless you have a Calvin Johnson like receiver available, you’re trading up for a dime a dozen talent.

Fact: Buffalo doesn’t have a first round draft pick next year. So, Watkins better be a pro bowl wide receiver in his first year, or the Bills were as foolish as they appeared. This is absolutely no knock against Sammy, but this almost rivals trading for a 2nd first round draft pick to draft J.P. Losman. No, I don’t think that Sammy will be the bust that Keanu Reeves identical twin brother was, but the fact they felt they had to trade up to draft Sammy will cause me some insomnia.

I’m hoping this move by the Bills pays off, but as they say at Mexican restaurants in Chattanooga, Tennessee: “No mi gusta.”



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