ALLEN PARK — Golden Tate would welcome Sammy Watkins if the Lions somehow manage to draft the top-rated wide receiver.
The Lions interest in Watkins is hardly a secret. He’s been in for a pre-draft visit and Martin Mayhew and Jim Caldwell attended his pro day at Clemson.
Trouble is the Lions have the 10th overall pick and Watkins could go at No. 2, definitely in top five.
Of course it’s possible the Lions could trade up. They’ve also hosted Jadeveon Clowney and Kahlil Mack, top five prospects.
Tate, who was signed as a free agent, would love to see Watkins wearing Honolulu blue and silver.
“The more the merrier,’’ Tate said. “I have a lot of respect for Sammy Watkins. I think he’s going to play a long time no matter where he goes. I think he’d be a great addition for this offense, a deep threat for sure ... We have a lot of explosive players if we get another one that just makes us better.
“I don’t see this locker room being a selfish locker room, getting upset that we brought in another great player. I think the goal now is to win games, win the division, go deep in the playoffs, earn home-field advantage and make a run at the Super Bowl. I think that’s the only thing that’s important to us.
“If you look at our work ethic, everyone is pushing each other because we want to be great, we’re chasing greatness. I think we have the potential to be special,’’ Tate said.
He got a chance to talk to Watkins during his visit to Detroit.
“He seemed to be a really humble guy, his game speaks for itself,’’ Tate said. “He’s kind of quiet, you have to expect that out of a rookie. Rookies shouldn’t talk much in the first place, in my eyes. We’ll see. I’ll be anxious to see this draft, it’s such a strong draft class.’’