Eagles Power Game Gets Lift; Draft Watkins At 23

Eagles Got Themselves A Former Firefighter

NFL Draft Countdown’s scouting report of Danny Watkins:

• Athletic with terrific quickness and agility
• Nimble feet w/ nice balance and body control
• Outstanding natural strength and power
• Shows the ability to recover when beat
• Will get some movement in the run game
• Understands positioning and angles
• Can get to second level and work in space
• Extremely competitive with a great motor
• Tough and plays with a nasty demeanor
• Still has a ton of unfulfilled potential

• A bit older than the normal prospect
• Just average size with short arms
• Frame appears close to being maxed out
• Is not real stout at the point of attack
• Does not have a lot of playing experience
• Raw technique, footwork and hand use
• Will probably have to change positions

Was a two-year starter at left tackle for the Bears — Named 2nd Team All-Big 12 as a senior — Will turn 27-years-old as a rookie — Native Canadian who played hockey and rugby in high school — Attended Butte (CA) Community College to pursue a career in firefighting and that is where he began playing football in 2007 — Developed into a JUCO All-American then transferred to Baylor in 2009, where he replaced the #2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft Jason Smith — Has only played four seasons of organized football — Selected by the BC Lions with the #4 overall pick in the 2010 CFL Draft — Will most likely move inside to guard at the next level — Project who will require some patience but is improving at an impressive pace and best days are still ahead — A very intriguing prospect with  the talent to start in the NFL.

Russ’ Take: Thought they’d go Jimmy Smith.  Watkins provides a need.  It seems like every year the Eagles have trouble picking up the necessary short yardage in the trenches.

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