Nov 2, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) catches the ball for a touchdown as Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Tim Harris (5) chases in the first quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

How Sammy Watkins goes to Patriots


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Rumors swirl on the day before NFL Draft. It can be the most exciting day of the year. Draft picks are like unopened presents. Altanta Falcons fans can still entertain the possibility of selecting Jadaveon Clowney. So can every team’s fans. The Patriots lack a receiver with both elite athleticism and intelligence. Sammy Watkins fits the bill better than any prospect since Calvin Johnson. And as the minutes count down to the draft, so do the moments Patriots fans have to imagine who they’ll get. So let’s dream for a little longer — shall we?

If the Patriots had any hopes of packaging a trade for a prized target Sammy Watkins, they would need him to fall to the fifth selection. At that point, the Patriots could use the trade value scale as a guideline to put together an offer that the Raiders couldn’t refuse.

For the fifth pick overall, the Patriots would trade selections 29, 62, and 93 in this year’s draft and a second and third in next year’s. It’s a blockbuster for the ages, maybe bigger than the Julio Jones and Robert Griffin III trades. But Sammy Watkins will provide an immediate impact and could be Tom Brady’s favorite target for the next five years (the standard length of a rookie contract, including the fifth-year option), which coincidentally, might be around the time that Brady might retire.

It is worth considering, however, what the Patriots might get in return for a less sexy trade scenario where they trade back. In ESPN’s NFL Nations mock draft, beat reporters were allowed trades and forced to act like the teams they cover. The Patriots beat reporter Mike Reiss received two offers to trade out of the first round. The Patriots could trade the 29th pick to the Jaguars for second round (39th), fourth round (114th), fifth round (150th) and seventh round (222nd) picks. Or, they could trade it to the Vikings for second round (40th), third round (96th) and fifth round (141st) picks.

So the Patriots could trade five selections for Sammy Watkins, or they could trade their first rounder for three or perhaps four selections. Hey, I said how he could go to the Patriots, not that he would.

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  • Pridenpoise

    You call that an offer that the Raiders can’t refuse, I’ve got news for you, if Watkins falls to Oakland they’re keeping him, the pats 3rd 4th and 5th picks all come late in the rounds and are not even close to what they could get for that pick, I suggest you pull your head out of your ass, and check what the values of picks are, because you’re way off, unless of course you just like living in fantasy land. Also next years picks means nothing to a couple of guys who need to make an impact THIS season.

    • Guest

      Except that a team like Oakland isn’t one that a single player will turn around. I would argue this trade will never happen because the deal is way to good for the Patriots to give. They understand the value in those picks (especially 29 and 62) unlike Oakland who just want fast people….

      • Pridenpoise

        Well you obviously don’t know how to grade the value of draft picks, it shows your knowledge, or shall I say LACK of knowledge on the subject, as well as the comment Oakland only wants fast people, Al is dead and so is that “Fast people” credo.

      • Pridenpoise

        And if you think the Patriots are one receiver away from the Super Bowl, you’re in for a long season.

        • Derek Zaske

          Obviously you forgot that the Patriots were one win away from the Super Bowl last year, and we didn’t have Rob Gronkowski,Jerod Mayo,Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Not to mention Talib getting injured or the Hernandez situation. We just signed two of the best corners in the league, and are rookies will improve from last year. We don’t even need another receiver. Dobson,Edelman,Amendola,Lafell,Boyce, Thompkins will do for me. Pats will draft a tight end tomorrow and go back to the two te formations.

          • Pridenpoise

            Every team has injuries, when you use that as an excuse, you sound like a whiner, and the Patriots are on the way down, they are getting old and teams in the AFC are getting better, they had a good run but it’s over.

          • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

            Actually, the Pats have one of the younger teams in the NFL….they have some older players like Wilfork and Kelly but overall they are a young team. It may be wishful thinking on your part that they are “on the way down” but they will have another season of double digit wins and in the playoffs yet again….

          • Pridenpoise

            You may want to check those numbers again, all the younger players on their roster are average, and the ones that are actually worth mentioning are getting up there in age, it’s “wishful thinking” if you have them with double digit wins, and playoffs, not this year.

          • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

            Sorry…but the Pats will win the AFC east (playoff bound) and win 11 or 12 games this coming season….sounds like you’re a hater…maybe your team will play 500 this year.

          • Pridenpoise

            Everyone is catching up, not a hater just a realist. Although you sound like an idiot that thinks it’s an automatic that the Patriots are going to win the division every year, and go to the playoffs. Now blow away little man I’ve got more important things to do than tell you how average your Pats are going to be this season.

          • Roddo

            Lol, I find this hilarious. Using injuries as an excuse is indeed a whiner tactic, but it holds great merit in this situation. As all the players mentioned that were injured were actual game changers on both sides of the ball. The patriots were one win away from the superbowl with ALL rookie wrs and NO defense, Amendola doesn’t count because he was injured the majority of the time. The Broncos couldn’t stop Gronk AT ALL the first time they played during the season, that would’ve changed that whole game if he wasn’t injured. They repeatedly pounded the middle where Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork was absent, Brandon Spikes was on IR, and Talib (Who completely shutdown the #1 WR in the league at the time in AJ Green) was injured. That’s 4 defensive game changers, AND THEE game changer on offense.

            The AFC can get as good as they want, the “it” factor will always be Brady. People may hate him and the patriots but it’s the truth. Give him an “ELITE” WR and it’ll change back to what it was, everybody in the secondary is under 25 except the new additions … Revis and Browner and our oldest WR is Julian Edelman (27). The Patriots will be in playoff talks as long as Brady there, to say otherwise you clearly don’t know football. The Broncos are in “WIN NOW” mode, because no one knows how long Peyton will last but we seen what happened in the Super Bowl. They’re the only true challenge in the AFC at this point, Chris Johnson to the Jets is a unknown result, Baltimore is rebuilding, the dolphins are the dolphins, Bengals need more than AJ Green, Pitt is OLD, Andrew Luck hasn’t found his stride at the Colts yet, and the chiefs won’t get passed the Broncos and neither will Oakland.

            The Patriots will make the playoffs the next 4 years, to argue that is just hater status.

          • Pridenpoise

            Andrew Luck hasn’t found his stride yet, well there goes your credibility. Another Pats fan who has yet to see the writing on the wall.

          • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

            Look…like it or not, as long as Brady is under center the Pats will most likely win 10 games or more for the next two or three years. Yes, they have been on a nice run for the last 12 or more years. You haven’t a clue if you think the Pats are just an average team….as long as BB and Brady are there, they will always be a playoff caliber team.

            Guess we will see who the fool is come playoffs….guessing it will be you.

          • Pridenpoise

            You’re already the fool, now all of a sudden it’s ten games they’re going to win, make up your mind are they contenders or just average.

          • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

            I think the Pats will be 11-5 or 12-4 if the ball bounces their way at the end of the regular season.So…what do you think will be their record at the end of the season?