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Sammy Watkins pairs himself with Calvin Johnson in photo


Last month, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins posted renderings of himself in Rams and Buccaneers uniforms. This week, Watkins had an Instagram post showing him next to Detroit Lions All-Pro Calvin Johnson.

Underneath the Johnson-Watkins pictures are renderings of Transformers characters Megatron and Starscream. Needless to say, that Johnson-Watkins combination would terrify defensive coordinators everywhere -- and put a big smile on the face of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

As for Watkins posting the Starscream picture, perhaps he should've gone another way. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Transformers -- the Marvel Comics universe in which Megatron and Starscream live -- Starscream (while deadly) also is somewhat of a back-stabber, and he is uncomfortable with Megatron being the leader. In other words, Starscream would be seen by some as a locker-room problem. Then again, if you're productive, sometimes people are willing to overlook your faults, so there's that.

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported last week that the Lions are interested in Watkins. But Detroit picks 10th, and it's likely Watkins will be gone then, so unless the Lions move up, the Johnson-Watkins pairing -- or, if you prefer, the Megatron-Starscream pairing -- is nothing more than a flight of fancy.

More likely is Watkins possibly ending up with St. Louis or Tampa Bay. He looks to be ready for either team.

With St. Louis, Watkins would team with Tavon Austin -- the eighth overall pick last year -- to give quarterback Sam Bradford and the Rams two explosive playmakers on the outside. The Rams, who pick second, seem more interested in grabbing an offensive tackle with the pick, though.

As for the Bucs, Watkins would pair nicely with veteran Vincent Jackson and give second-year quarterback Mike Glennon (or whomever starts at quarterback for the new coaching staff) a dangerous duo at wide receiver. The Bucs pick seventh, and though offensive tackle and defensive end/outside linebacker seem to be bigger position issues, the idea of grabbing Watkins would have some appeal for Tampa Bay officials, who saw their offense bog down frequently last season. Watkins is a native of Fort Myers, Fla., about two hours south of Tampa.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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