Eagles take OG Danny Watkins. 6’4, 312
Here are my notes from ScoutsNotebook:
Probably the most interesting prospect in the whole draft. 26 years old. Has a limited football background. Spent time as a firefighter in Canada and played hockey. Played at Baylor for 2 years after coming over from Junior College. Spent both years as the starting LT. Did a solid job there, but projects inside in the NFL. Doesn’t have the athletic ability or footwork for playing OT. Looks like a natural fit at G. Watkins is a tenacious blocker. He goes to the whistle. Or the echo of the whistle. Anchors well. Able to re-set when he is initially driven back. Sinks his hips and plays with good leverage. Feet are fine for playing in a tight space (like G or C). Also has a mentality that fits well at G. Sort of a bully. Likes to find a defender and really mash on him. Uses his hands pretty well. Still raw, but seems very coachable.
Older than teams prefer, but a real good player and the kind of guy that teams love. Should go in the early 2nd round.
Watkins is a good football player. He impressed me this year on game tape and then really jumped out at the Senior Bowl. He’ll compete for the RG job right away in Philly. Could also play C (not at the same time of course).
I like Watkins as a player, but he’s poor value at #23. Danny will turn 27 during the upcoming football season. After 5 years in the league he’ll be getting ready to turn 32. That’s a point when most players are really declining (right Joe Banner?).
There are a couple of key counter points. First, he hasn’t played 20 years of football. His body isn’t beaten up. There is plenty of tread on the tire. Also, we’re in win now mode and Danny is mature and the kind of guy who will be ready to go from Day 1. This isn’t some kid we have to hope can mature enough to contribute early on. Danny is a man. I also think he’ll be a great fit with Howard Mudd. Howard is a self-admitted “hardass”. Danny won’t guy crying to Reid or his agent when Howard tells him to pull his head out of his butt and get rid of the mistakes. Danny can take tough coaching.
What about CB? Expect a vet CB to come in via trade or FA.