C.J. Spiller bleeds orange, purple and white as much as he does the Buffalo Bills' blue, red and white, so it's no surprise he loved the trade that brought Clemson receiver Sammy White to town in exchange for a 2015 No. 1 draft choice.
Spiller was a senior at Clemson when Watkins made his recruiting visit to the South Carolina university. Asked if he would have pulled the trigger on the deal, Spiller said: "Yeah, without a doubt."
Spiller said he knew the deal was coming just before it was announced on draft night. He would not say if Bills President Russ Brandon tipped him off.
"I had some inside info, but I can’t share with y’all guys then you’ll get it back to Russ," he said. "I had some inside info on what we were about to do. It was a great night to be a Buffalo Bill and a Clemson Tiger. It was a great draft overall. All the guys we drafted I think are going to help us."
"I remember they brought him in, and they were talking about him a lot," Spiller said of Watkins visit to Clemson as a high schooler. "I was familiar with him before he got to Clemson. Once he got there I followed his career and he did a great job. He’s very crisp with his routes. He’s always working on his game. You hear the stories. When I went back to Clemson, you’d hear the stories on how hard of a worker he is. When you get around him you actually see it. After practice if he’s not running through his routes, he’s walking through it and getting mental notes. That speaks volumes for his character and how he wants to be great."
Spiller is hopeful Watkins helps take some of the focus of defenses off the Bills' running game.
"Obviously if those guys go out and make plays a team’s not going to be able to stack eight in the box," he said. "Once those guys start to make plays week in and week out, I think it will loosen up the box. But for the most part teams are going to continue to stack it. We were the No. 2 rushing team in the league. So they’d be foolish not to stack it."