Danny Watkins (Chris Trotman, Getty Images)
Ok. I don’t blame if you didn’t watch the NFL Draft. With an interesting evening in the NHL and NBA, the NFL Draft definitely played the third fiddle.
I wasn’t all that interested to see who was going to go number one (the Carolina Panthers drafted Heisman Trophy winning QB Cam Newton out of Auburn first overall), but where Kelowna firefighter Danny Watkins out of Baylor would end up. Watkins, 26, was one of the oldest players in the draft.
Watkins didn’t play high school football, and went to Baylor after spending five years in the Kelowna Fire Department, starting at the age of 17.
While furthering his career while studying fire science at Butte College in Sacramento, a classmate recommended he try football. At 6’4″, 310 pounds, he would instantly become a fantastic offensive lineman and would soon end up at Baylor.
A first round draft pick of the British Columbia Lions last year, Watkins decided to play his final year at Baylor and test the NFL waters. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Watkins, an offensive guard in the first round, 23rd overall, last night.