Watkins worth trading up according to Bills' GM

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Pos: WR   Height: 6-1   Weight: 205   Hometown: Fort Myers, FL (South Fort Myers HS)  
Years Played: 2011 - 2013

Former Clemson standout Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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has had a productive rookie season for the Buffalo Bills with 45 catches (84 targets) for 649 yards and five touchdowns.

However, the Bills' cost was steep to move up five spots to attain Watkins in the 2014 NFL draft. It was their coveted future 2015 first round draft pick that they had to give up. Watkins ended up being drafted by Buffalo with the fourth overall pick.

The Bills could have used that 2015 1st round draft pick to try to select a franchise quarterback after the possible failed E.J. Manuel project.

Bills' general manager Doug Whaley was asked on WGR-AM radio if the trade up for Watkins was worth it?

"We knew this was going to be a talented group (2014 wide receiver class), but we were very excited and we felt that this guy would bring something to our team that we didn't have," Whaley said to WGR-AM. "And we thought he was the best player for our situation."

"And I would hate to say... and I'm sure you're trying to get into whether I feel the trade was worth what we did give up, and I say it like this: I can count at least three games that he was the integral part for us winning. I would hate to see our record if he was not on our team."

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