ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – The wide receiver the Buffalo Bills expect to be a star took a tour around Ralph Wilson Stadium on Friday.
The Bills drafted Sammy Watkins by striking a deal with the Cleveland Browns to move up five spots to select the Clemson receiver with the fourth pick Thursday night. To get Watkins, Buffalo gave up its number nine pick this year, plus a first- and a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft.
Watkins certainly sounded like a number one receiver while touring the stadium.
“My mentality is to score every play. That’s my mentality, to score and catch every ball that touches my hands. To create a problem for the defense,” he said.
The receiver is physically gifted but also seems like he really understands his place as a role model. He says being arrested two years ago on drug possession charges really opened his eyes.
“I learned from all my mistakes and I’m a guy that if it happened one time it won’t happen again. I definitely have been blessed with the support staff I have in my coaches and my parents and that is why I’m here today,” Watkins said.
His parents, James and Nicole McMiller, were by his side Friday afternoon.
James said, “Once we found out it was the Bills, I was really happy, because as a child, that was Sammy’s favorite team. That was a blessing.”
Watkins grew up rooting for the Bills and now he will be leading the charge to bring them back to the playoffs.