Bucs Wanted Sammy Watkins?May 20th, 2014
Hordes of Bucs fans are still cracking open bottles of beer to celebrate the drafting of Mike Evans at No. 7 overall. While there was little if anything to judge Evans during rookie camp, his making the two plays of the day, spectacular plays, each time the Tampa Bay pen and mic club was allowed to watch, certainly didn’t damper any hopes.
But, if Joe is to believe the words from wide receiver Sammy Watkins own mouth, the No. 4 overall draft pick, the Bucs wanted him more than Evans.
Per Watkins, the Bucs were one of two teams that told him they would trade up to get him. The other was Detroit. Instead of the Bucs or the Lions, it was actually the Bills who found a trade partner in the Browns to grab Watkins.
Speaking with Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk, which Joe is sure all of his readers enjoy weeknights on the NBC Sports Network, Watkins explains via this NBC Sports video below.
Now unless the Bucs confess, that yes, they told Watkins they would trade up to get him (there is reason to not believe Watkins) or unless some team leaks out the Bucs were trying to take up with them, which will be highly unlikely, what rivalry there was between Watkins and Bucs No. 7 overall pick Mike Evans will be around for years.
Sort of like, who is the best defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy. We all know the answer to that question is GMC.