There’s still one more chip to be played by the Cleveland Browns, but for the most part, we know now what the cost was when the Bills moved up to draft Sammy Watkins in the 2014 draft.
To recap, Buffalo sent its’ 2014 1st rounder (9th overall) to Cleveland, along with the Bills 2015 1st rounder (19th overall), and a 4th rounder this year. In exchange, the Bills moved up four spots in the first round last year and snagged Sammy Watkins.
The Browns used this year’s first rounder obtained from Buffalo to select Offensive Lineman Cameron Erving from FSU. He’s likely to be penciled in as a center for the Browns, probably backing up Alex Mack in his first year in Cleveland. Erving is versatile-he played left tackle at FSU last year.
So if you add it up–it’s Cameron Erving this year, troubled CB Justin Gilbert last year, and a fourth rounder still to come. That’s what the cost was for the Bills to move up and pick Sammy Watkins.
With 65 catches and six touchdowns in his rookie year, and the promise of much more to come, it’s hard to imagine one of the players the Browns picked having nearly as much impact as Watkins.
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Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer took some heat from the media, and Browns fans, over the weekend for not electing to take Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick, instead trading it to Buffalo and moving back to ninth overall where they took Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert. Farmer addressed the decision with MMQB’s Peter King revealing that they had Watkins name ready to go on their card.
Here’s the excerpt from King’s Monday Morning QB column.
• About passing on Sammy Watkins and all those receivers … Farmer told me that before the Browns made the trade with Buffalo to move from fourth to ninth in the first round, “We were very close to turning in the card. We very easily could have turned in the card with Sammy’s name on it.” I wondered if he would have regrets about passing on him and taking cornerback Justin Gilbert if Watkins turned into a Randy Moss-type talent. “Even if Sammy turns into Randy Moss, Justin Gilbert can be every bit as good as Patrick Peterson. That’s how much talent he has. And in the game today, I feel cornerbacks are as important as wide receivers, and maybe harder to find. So I have no regrets about it, no.”
Both teams will get the chance to see their top picks potentially go head to head at times in Week 13 when the Browns come to Buffalo to face the Bills.
Tags: 2014 NFL draft, Justin Gilbert, Sammy Watkins
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