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Gil Brandt says it isn't wise to move up to draft receiver

Gil Brandt doesn't know which player the Lions will select with the No.10 overall pick in this year's draft.

But the former player personnel executive of the Dallas Cowboys knows it wouldn't be smart of the Lions to move up if they want to pick Clemson's Sammy Watkins, the top receiver in the draft, who would give coach Jim Caldwell plenty of help in his mission to improve quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"Historically at that position it has not proved to be a good move to move up," Brandt said. "The wide receiver position has probably got more failure than any other position with No.1 picks. They're coming in from college football, which plays entirely different defense than they do in the (NFL). So I myself, from the studying and history of it, I wouldn't move up."

Brandt doesn't think Watkins will still be available when the Lions pick at No.10. But the other teams with keen interest in him--Oakland at No.5 and Buffalo at No.9 -- have more pressing needs and a lot of salary cap space to work the free-agent market.

"He could drop," Brandt said. "And (the Raiders have) got young wide receivers. They've got some guys that can run.... They've got some guys, and I would almost think (Oakland) needs something more than Sammy Watkins."

The Lions provided one piece of their draft puzzle last week when they cut No.2 receiver Nate Burleson. This week's scouting combine will offer more clues and a certainty about Watkins that Brandt is convinced might further entice teams like the Lions.

"Now, he's going to run fast," Brandt said. "I'll tell you that. He's going to breeze one of those 4.33s (in the 40-yard dash) or something like that, I think. I've seen a lot of him."

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