— The Buffalo Bills traded with the Cleveland Browns for the fourth overall selection of the 2014 NFL Draft last night and selected wide receiver Sammy Watkins out of Clemson. Watkins is one of only two players in Clemson history to generate over 5,000 all-purpose yards (5,129) and also with 3,000 yards receiving (3,391).
— Buffalo made Watkins just the second wide receiver in Clemson history to be drafted in the Top 10, joining Jerry Butler (1979, fifth overall by Buffalo). He is also just the fifth Clemson wide receiver to be selected in the first round in NFL Draft history.
— The Bills head into Day Two of the NFL Draft this evening with two selections: the ninth pick in the second and third rounds (41st overall and 73rd overall). Round Two begins at 7:00 p.m.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
WR Sammy Watkins poses for a photo with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Buffalo with the fourth overall selection of the 2014 NFL Draft as the Bills draft room reacts after the selection.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
Doug Whaley, Buffalo Bills General Manager
Q: Why make this move and what do you think about Sammy Watkins?
Doug Whaley: Dynamic playmaker. That’s what this game is all about, making plays. This game is about making plays and surrounding our quarterback with playmakers. He’s automatically going to make our quarterback better and us better as a team. I do want to start this by saying this all goes back to Russ Brandon. He allowed us to make this move and he okayed it and was willing to give up the resources and future picks to go up and get a guy that we think will help us get to where we need to be.
Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver
Q: What do you feel you can contribute and bring to the table right away in the NFL?
A: As a player I think I bring a lot to the table. You’re going to get a great, you’re going to get a hard player, get a guy that loves the game and a guy that understands the game, understands the power of preparation. I think if I just keep doing what I’ve been doing at Clemson it will translate to the NFL.
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