That is a fairly provocative title for a first ever post I suppose, but after years of just watching I have decided to participate with a bang. I really don't think drafting Watkins in the top ten is a good idea.
Why? Several reasons!
For starters, drafting a wide receiver in the top ten is rarely a recipe for success. How many Super Bowl's have these guys won?
Travis Taylor (Ravens No. 10)
Peter Warrick (Bengals, No 4 2000)
David Terrell (Bears, No. 8, 2001)
Koren Robinson (Seahawks, No. 9, 2001)
Charles Rogers (Lions, No. 2, 2003)
Andre Johnson (Texans, No. 3, 2003)
Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals, No. 3, 2004)
Roy Williams (Lions, No. 7, 2004)
Reggie Williams (Jaguars, No. 9, 2004)
Braylon Edwards (Browns, No. 3, 2005)
Troy Williamson (Vikings, No. 7, 2005)
Mike Williams (Lions, No. 10, 2005)
Calvin Johnson (Lions, No. 2, 2007)
Ted Ginn Jr. (Dolphins, No. 9, 2007)
Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders, No. 9, 2009)
Michael Crabtree (49ers, No. 10, 2009)
Julio Jones (Falcons, No. 6 2011)
A.J Green (Bengals, No 4 2011)
Justin Blackmon (Jaguars, No 6 2012)
Tavon Austin (Rams, No 8 2013)
Indeed, if you go back and look at the record, the teams that drafted these players just kept on losing. You would have to go all the way back to our own Torry Holt who was drafted 6th in 1999 to find a top ten drafted receiver who won a Super Bowl. And even then, you have to keep in mind that Torry was only a rookie the year he won the SB, and did not perform to his full ability that year, with 788 receiving yards. It was Isaac Bruce who was the machine on the team that year, and he was drafted in the second round.
If you look at the teams that have won it all, many of them didn't even have a receiver taken in the first round at all. I am not adverse to taking a receiver in the middle of round one, but certainly not in the top ten. The closer you are to the top of the draft, the more important it is to take the best player available, and the most important position available as well. Defensive end, Offensive tackle, and of course QB are where a team should be investing in the top 5.
I will discuss what I think the Rams should do in this draft in my next post.
Thank you for reading, and peace and goodwill to the Watkins majority.