Mention the name Danny Watkins, and Eagles fans will cringe.
Now, lets be honest — playing offensive guard is pretty much a pass/fail kind of deal. You’re either serviceable or you’re not, and Watkins happened to be the latter.
Drafted with the No. 23 pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Watkins selection came as a shock to a lot of people. How much of a shock? For starters, I remember watching the draft and not even recognizing his name. The guy wasn’t predicted to go in the first round, and this was considered a reach pick by the team.
Offensive line was a need for the Eagles in that draft, so it’s not like the type of selection came out of left field. But with guys like Gabe Carimi and Derek Sherrod still on the board, to hear Watkins’ name was shocking.
After all, they opted for a 26-year-old Canadian firefighter.
Seriously, that’s what Watkins was. He started playing football at Butte College when he was 22 — the age most prospects are when they get drafted. Andy Reid apparently didn’t know the difference between upside and up there in age.
Is it safe to say the Danny Watkins era didn’t get off to a great start? Yes. He was inactive for three of the first four games of his rookie year, and didn’t get to start until Week 5 of that season. He would go on to start ever game from there on out, but he wasn’t impressive.
In 2012, he entered the season as a starter before being pulled about halfway through. This was basically Andy Reid admitting that he had made a mistake.
Watkins was released just prior to the start of last season, and latched on with the Miami Dolphins in time to play just one game. It’s safe to say that he’s one of the worst — if not the worst — interior offensive lineman that the franchise has ever drafted.