Watkins comes to Buffalo after three years at Clemson
...capped off by a junior season that saw him rack up 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Tigers, punctuated by an explosive performance in the 2014 Orange Bowl where he racked up 227 yards on 16 catches. As a freshman in 2011, Watkins burst onto the scene with 82 catches, 12 of those touchdowns, for 1,219 yards. That performance earned him a spot on the AP first-team All American squad. Standing 6'1" and weighing 211 pounds, Watkins clocked in with a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Watkins' Whirlwind Tour- In Buffalo 12 Hours after Being Drafted- Visits WBEN
"It felt great that the Buffalo Bills believe in me, in my ability, in my character," Watkins said, in a wide ranging interview Friday morning with WBEN's John Zach & Susan Rose "...I know it has been a great organization for many years, and I can't wait to be a part"
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The Trades: Doug Whaley (pictured L) was willing to risk future draft picks for the opportunity to land receiver Sammy Watkins and put the Buffalo Bills in a position to make the playoffs this season.
In his first NFL draft as the Bills general manager, Whaley struck a deal with the Cleveland Browns to move up five spots to select the Clemson receiver with the fourth pick on Thursday night. To get Watkins, Buffalo gave up its No. 9 pick this year, plus a first- and a fourth-round pick in next year's draft.
"We thought it was a calculated risk, and a risk we were willing to take," said Whaley, who took over after Buddy Nix stepped down a year ago. "The high cost of not making the playoffs is something we weighed, and we thought this guy was going to get us to the playoffs." READ MORE
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Drafted players get song of their choice
NEW YORK (AP) -- Players attending the NFL draft get to choose a song that will be played when they walk on stage after being selected.
It's a first for the league, which has a record 30 players at Radio City Music Hall.
Jadeveon Clowney, who went No. 1 to the Houston Texans, greeted Commissioner Roger Goodell with "The Man" by Aloe Blacc.
Johnny Manziel's song "Draft Day" by Drake was no surprise. After all, his name is in the lyrics. Drake was also the choice of wide receivers Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins.
Before the clock started ticking Thursday in the first round, the AP asked players and their moms to share stories about each other ahead of Mother's Day on Sunday.
The players told us what they most loved and admired about their moms, and the moms gave us a few of their proudest moments and most precious memories.
Blake Bortles, the Central Florida quarterback picked third by Jacksonville, said it best of his mother, Suzy: "She's my hero."
Here's more from the NFL Class of 2014 and their moms:
NICOLE McMILLER: "Everything in Sammy's life has been precious to me. His college years were precious because we never thought we would be able to afford him going to college."
KHALIL MACK, picked fifth by Oakland: "Oh man, she's beautiful. Her persistence, her intelligence and her wisdom. She's very wise. Her guidance has put me in the position to be able to talk to you."
YOLANDA MACK: "When he was a little boy he would get up every morning at 7 and listen to praise and worship on TV.
JADEVEON CLOWNEY, picked first by the Houston Texans: "She did everything she could to raise me to the young man I am today. She took care of me and did a great job. You can't tell? Look at me!"
JOSENNA CLOWNEY: "That's my baby. He was not this outgoing like he is today."
TEDDY BRIDGEWATER surprised his mom, a breast cancer survivor, with a pink Cadillac for her birthday earlier this week, provided by the car company. The Minnesota Vikings' pick had promised her the car when he was 9 years old.
"She told me that I'm blessed and God blessed me with talent so use it to the best of my ability and take advantage. She told me to have a purpose in life and that's one thing that I take away from her, besides her fight, determination and sacrifices that she made. To live that purpose out loud."
ROSE MURPHY: "When he was in third grade he was talking about the pink Escalade. I love it! I can't wait to get it back home to drive it."
TRACY MOSELY: "Walking across the stage getting his degree. That was the best."
---TAYLOR LEWAN, picked 11th by Tennessee: "She's always been a person, like myself, who goes to the beat of their own drum and is not really focused on money, just kind of enjoying yourself and being yourself. And she really taught me that."
KELLY RILEY: "He's kind of Mr. Tough Guy but then he does this little soft, sweet `I love you mom' thing. He has a very tender heart. He always had that really loving heart."
MIKE EVANS, who has a 2-year-old daughter and was picked seventh by Tampa Bay: "She's a strong woman. I watched her struggle a little bit when we were growing up, making sure we had everything we needed, just doing the best she could for us. I want to give her the world."
HEATHER KILGORE: "He never gave up. There were plenty of times he'd be upset and mad: `I quit, I quit.' The next day he'd get back up."