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Jeremiah: Lions need to be bold, trade up for Sammy Watkins

If there is one rumor that has seemed to pop up every single day in the lead up to the 2014 NFL Draft, it's that the Detroit Lions could try to trade up in the draft to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Some think it's a Matt Millen-esque move for the franchise, whereas others will call it a bold trade that will give Detroit an offense that doubles as a fantasy football team with all those weapons.

Count NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah among those who have heard the rumors and is totally on board with the Lions moving up for Watkins.

"I'm supposed to say this is a deep draft at receiver, and you just sit where you are and take a receiver there," said Jeremiah on "Path to the Draft." "I'm going to say it's time for the Detroit Lions to be bold. Make a move, go up and get Sammy Watkins and pair him up with Megatron and Golden Tate.

"I'm all for it."

We would be remiss if we didn't point out that Jeremiah has a slight "man crush" on Watkins in this draft. He has the wideout as his No. 2 overall player and has spent just about every episode of "Path to the Draft" begging teams to take Watkins if they have a chance.

Watkins is a talented player to be sure, but is it really worth it for a team to spend the capital to move up in a draft many consider the most talented in years?

A few years ago, NFL Media analyst Charles Davis supported the Atlanta Falcons moving up to get Julio Jones, but he doesn't think the Lions should be making the same blockbuster move in this draft.

"Fortune favors the bold. In this case, I'm changing it up," Davis said. "The Falcons I thought were one piece away from getting to the Super Bowl. In this case, Detroit has a little bit more work to do. They've got plenty of receivers. Go get a corner at No. 10."

Recent NFL.com mock drafts, which don't take into account any trades at the moment, have the Lions going with anybody from Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan to Florida State's Timmy Jernigan to Oklahoma State corner Justin Gilbert.

Will general manager Martin Mayhew take Jeremiah's advice and make such a bold move? We'll find out in May when the draft rolls around.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.

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