Watkins offered similar sentiments to ESPN.com at the NFL scouting combine in February, saying it would "be a blessing" to play opposite Johnson with the Lions.

Watkins recently was projected as the No. 7 overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper's latest mock draft. The former Clemson receiver also was ranked as the fourth-best overall draft prospect by ESPN's Todd McShay.

Watkins is visiting with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who own the third overall pick, on Wednesday, and is scheduled to meet with the St. Louis Rams, who have the No. 2 overall pick, on Monday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.