When the NFL Draft was ticking down to the Philadelphia Eagles pick, there were a number of rumors circulating that the Eagles had plans to trade-down to one of the many quarterback needy teams. The Eagles elected not to trade down and elected to fill a need on the offensive line with Danny Watkins, a guard from Baylor. This came as a surprise to most Eagles’ fans, as not only did the Eagles pass on a promising corner in Jimmy Smith, but they also elected not to take the top ranked lineman available in Gabe Carimi.
With the Eagles electing to pass on Carimi and Smith, they elected to take a slightly less known guard in Watkins. Here’s my personal breakdown of Philadelphia’s choice in the first round:
Need Filled: The good part about the Eagles taking Watkins is that it fills much needed hole in the Eagles starting lineup. The Eagles offensive line was simply awful last season and Watkins could be the guy that turns that all around. Watkins is essentially a big body that can.. Well.. Block. He is a guard that can cover Michael Vick’s blindside off the snap, and hopefully can successfully hold a double team.
Big Body On The Line: Another positive to the Eagles drafting Watkins is that he is a big body to play on a weak offensive line. That means that even if he falls behind on a block, his massive size should should still buy some extra time for Vick in the backfield. The Eagles had a big problem last season keeping that right side of the line locked down, and hopefully Watkins’ size and quick feet should allow Vick to find the open man.
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