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Bills grab Sammy Watkins after trading up to No. 4

The Buffalo Bills entered the draft targeting a wide receiver and gave up some of their future to get their man: Sammy Watkins.

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The Bills traded the No. 9 overall pick as well as first- and fourth-round picks in 2015 to the Cleveland Browns to move up and nab Watkins at No. 4 overall.

Watkins was the highest-rated receiver by many entering the draft. He has 4.4 speed, great burst with run-after-the-catch acceleration. Despite his lack of height, the Clemson product has been described as the best receiver prospect entering the NFL since Calvin Johnson.

The Bills desperately needed to add playmaking around quarterback E.J. Manuel. Buffalo has had two touchdown passes or fewer in 25 straight games.

Watkins joins 2013 second-round pick -- and Around The League favorite -- Robert Woods and veteran receiver Stevie Johnson.

Pre-draft rumors swirled that if the Bills were able to snag one of the top two receivers that Johnson could be on the trading block. The trio could be a huge boon for a limp passing offense, but we will see if it remains a trio or becomes a duo.

Regardless, Buffalo general manager Doug Whaley knew he had to get a playmaker in this draft. He wasn't afraid to sell his future to go get the one he believes could be a top-10 receiver in the NFL.

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