Best Story from the Draft’s First Round

by Greg Pollowitz

This won’t make me an Eagles fan, but he’ll be my favorite player on the team. Meet Baylor’s Danny Watkins. 26 years old Canadian former firefighter:

Watkins may be 26 years of age, but he’s a relative newcomer to organized football. Born and raised in British Columbia, he was a part-time firefighter in Canada before he enrolled at Butte College in California and its fire sciences program in 2007.

Watkins said his firefighting background has come in handy.

“A couple high-pressure games [in college], and the boys are getting all worked up, and I say: ‘Trust me, boys. It could be worse,’ ” he said.

He joined Butte’s football team and gained attention from Division I-A schools after his freshman season. He transferred to Baylor after his sophomore season at the junior college and immediately became the Bears’ starting left tackle.

He had a solid season but jumped on NFL teams’ radars during the evaluation period leading into the draft.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman “had this guy from the get-go at the top,” Reid said.

CBS Sports lists his “intangibles”:

Intangibles: Older prospect (turned 26 during 2010 season) with maturity and work ethic. Full of personality, referred to as “gregarious” in the team’s media guide. Canadian national who played hockey and rugby in high school; has two fake front teeth as a result of his work as a hockey enforcer.

Awesome. Philly drafted one of the Hanson brothers!

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