2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Danny Watkins
It’s not often that players come down from Canada at the age of 25 and learn to play American football. That’s exactly what Watkins did. He was a two star recruit and a long shot to start for Baylor, until he proved just how valuable he was playing both guard and tackle for the Bears.
Watkins stock has risen greatly with his Senior Bowl performance and excellent senior season.
Player Name: Danny Watkins
Position: Offensive Guard
Height: 6’3 3/8
Arm: 34 1/4
Hand: 10 1/8
Perhaps Watkins most impressive strength is his quickness and athleticism. He succeeded as a collegiate left tackle because of his speed and agility to handle edge rushers. He can maintain that ability in the NFL, but as a guard. He does a nice job of anchoring down and getting a good knee bend. He gets underneath his defender gaining leverage and using his excellent strength to mirror them. Watkins is quick to get to the second level in the run game, and is strong when pushing defenders back. He is a smart athlete who has a high football IQ.
His short arms and lack of height will cause him to move inside from left tackle. He lacks a true mean streak, and is very raw. He has only played football for a few years. Being 27 years old as a rookie could hurt his draft stock as well. He doesn’t have much room to grow, and he is exactly what you get. While he is strong, he needs work on his initial punch and holding his defender at the point of attack.
His age and position make his draft stock move into the middle of the second round at the very highest. But Watkins is a very talented player and his intelligence will make him more coveted by NFL teams in that 50-70 range. Look for New York (Giants), Philadelphia, Kansas City, Seattle, San Diego and Chicago to be exceptional destinations for him.
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