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Prospect Profiles: Danny Watkins


Triangle Numbers: 6-4, 310, 5.30

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

• 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.

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Solid athlete… Reasonably good arm length… Good strength and power… Good drive blocker… Stays low and plays with good leverage… Can get movement in the running game… Explodes into his blocks… Can pull reasonably well… Can get to the second level… Does a nice job blocking in space… Good short area quickness… Reasonably good footwork lateral movement and slide… Good anchor, holds his ground versus bull rushers… Does a nice job re-setting and re-establishing position… Good balance… Not a natural knee bender but is consistently getting better… Good arm extension and solid and improving hand placement… Heavy and violent hands, uses his hands well… Controls defender once locked on… Sustains his blocks… Patient, sits into his stance and lets defender come to him… Mean streak, very physical… Good motor, hard worker, competitive, tenacious… Similar to former St. Louis Ram Adam Timmerman.

Negatives: Will stand upright into his stance when pass blocking… Kick step can be a little shallow… Can be a little slow to re-direct… Plays with a narrow base at times but still manages to maintain his balance reasonably well… Allows his hands to get a little high and wide at times… Will be a 26 yr. old rookie.

FF Toolbox:

Prior to 2007 Danny Watkins played no organized football. In high school the Canadian played hockey and rugby. It was not until he went to Butte College in California that the 6-4, 310 pound part-time firefighter started playing football. After two years at the junior college level, Watkins was considered one of the better offensive linemen coming out of the junior college ranks in 2009. Baylor did not expect him to immediately replace left tackle Jason Smith, but he did a surprisingly good job during his first year in Waco, Texas. Despite his lack of experience, Watkins started all 12 games at left tackle and was ready to help lead Baylor to big things in 2010.

Quarterback Robert Griffin has garnered most of the attention on offense this season, but it has been the play of Watkins that allowed the Baylor offense to flourish. Watkins has done a superb job protecting Griffin’s blindside and a solid job paving the way for running back Jay Finley. The result for the Bears is an end to the 16 year bowl drought.

Watkins is finally getting the credit he deserves for taking Baylor to the postseason. Obviously his lack of experience is an issue heading into the NFL, but it is also a good thing. Watkins will only get better with time. However, many NFL teams will look at Watkins and think time is something the 26 year old does not have. Either way, Watkins is a smart player who should be off the board by the end of the third round.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Danny Watkins is a guard prospect who is shooting up draft boards, and could end up in the latter half of the first round. A left tackle in college, he’ll have to slide inside to guard in the pros. Did not start playing football until 2007. The 27 year old Canadian went to Butte Community College (where Aaron Rodgers played) to study to be a firemen, took up football, and could be a first round pick. Awesome story (By the way, imagine going to school for something completely different than football, football not even on your mind, pick it up because you’re big, and then find out that you’re really good? How cool is that?). Super fiery, plays with a mean streak. Very athletic. Needs to learn more about technique, but that’s to be expected for someone who is still learning the game. Can he start right away? You wouldn’t think so, with his limited background, but he can. Can step right in at either guard spot, probably play for the next 10 years. I don’t think he will be a Giant, though. He won’t go at 19, and he’ll be gone by the time the Giants pick in the 2nd round. They could trade up for him, but that’s not really their style. Will be a very good player for a long time.


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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Danny Watkins”

  1. Joe says:

    He is too old to take early. I would draft him round 3 or 4 though.

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