Danny Watkins, T
- Height: 6-foot-4
- Weight: 310 pounds
- School: Baylor
Watkins played hockey and rugby - not football - as a prep athlete growing up in British Columbia. He was only asked to step onto the gridiron while in school to earn a fire sciences degree at Butte College in California - the same community college where Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers began his career. A junior college All-American, Watkins wound up at Baylor, where he started all 25 games at left tackle during his junior and senior seasons, helping the Bears not skip a beat after Jason Smith was drafted No. 2 overall by St. Louis in 2009. His junior season was convincing enough that the BC Lions made him the fourth overall pick in the 2010 CFL Draft, though he chose to go back to Waco. While he excelled on the outside at Baylor, Watkins is likely to be moved inside in the NFL due to a lack of ideal height for the position. While he's a bit short for a tackle, he's the ideal size for a guard. Watkins has great balance and quickness, and uses his hands well enough off the snap to get to the second level in the running game. He has a mean streak and almost always finishes his blocks. Watkins struggles against outside speed rushers, though that won't be much of a concern on the interior. More of a red flag to NFL front offices is the fact he'll be 27 in November. That will likely keep him from being drafted in the first round, but Watkins should go sometime in the second.
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