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Hawks eying o-linemen Watkins, Hudson?

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm with 23 Comments »
February 24, 2011 5:17 pm

A 26-year-old former firefighter in Kelowna, B.C., Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins played two seasons at left tackle for Baylor, replacing No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith two years ago. At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, Watkins projects more as a guard at the next level, and doesn’t consider his age a hindrance in terms of where he will get drafted.

Watkins talks to reporters in the audio above (I apologize in advance, the audio is a little rough).

“Well, I don’t have arthritis so I’m feeling pretty good,” joked Watkins, when asked if league scouts were concerned about his age. “I don’t think so. I was doing my physical today, and I was one of the first guys out of there.”

Watkins is considered a fringe, first-round guy whom the Seahawks could consider selecting at No. 25 to fill their need for an interior offensive lineman. The other player is Florida center Mike Pouncey, who did not make it to the media center today, but likely will speak to reporters on Friday.

“I moved inside in the Senior Bowl and it felt pretty good,” said Watkins, talking about his experience playing guard. “When these teams ask me where I want to play, I tell them wherever you feel I can best help benefit the team.”

“The X-factor of waiting for the end to come to you and close that distance is gone,” said Watkins, when asked what he liked about playing guard. “I mean he’s right there, and you can get your hands on him and roll him up, get him moving or whatever you want right away.”

Watkins never played football in high school. Instead, he played hockey and rugby growing up, more popular sports north of the border, and never even considered playing football. Watkins said he was a defensemen in hockey, but at 270 pounds his senior year in high school, he understood there was little chance of making it to the NHL.

“I never especially cared to watch football. I watched the (Vancouver) Canucks, and that’s about it,” Watkins said.

After high school, he went embarked on a career as a fire fighter, working at a fire station in his hometown for four years.

But his life changed when he attended Butte Junior College in Northern California to pursue a fire science degree. Coaches there saw his potential, and coaxed him to turn out for the football team.

As they say, the rest is history. Watkins earned All-American status after his sophomore year, leading to Baylor recruiting his services.

Watkins is known for playing with a nasty disposition, but still had enough athleticism and foot speed to play offensive tackle for the Bears.

Hudson is considered a second or third-round prospect. Hudson’s main concern is gaining weight in order to show NFL teams he could shoulder the load inside. Hudson played effectively at 285 pounds at left guard during his final year at Florida State. He played at 291 pounds during the Senior Bowl last month, and came in at 299 pounds today for the combine. Hudson said his goal is to get up to 305 pounds for his first season in the league.

Hudson said he’s also willing to move to center. He hasn’t played there in a game, but he practiced there frequently at Florida State. Hudson was an Outland Trophy finalist and named to the All-American team by the Associated Press.

Hudson’s considered a technician who plays bigger than his size would indicate. Both players are guys the Seahawks will eye closely as they continue to look to add depth up front through the draft.

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  1. I can’t believe Watkins hurt himself in any way on this interview…… sounded very sincere, a bit nervous, but clearly controlled…. that’s ‘my’ take…

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Watkins is a stud. It’s weird to say, but the fact he “mature” (26) may actually hurt him, in an odd way. Whoever takes him, regardless of round will be very happy.

    For what it’s worth (and for the record, very little..) I was so impressed with Hudson during the Sr Bowl. A pure technician. Absolutely handled every one-on-one drill and performed very well during the game. Size is the issue, as BobbyK will elaborate. He seems like a guy that would be a wonderful fit in ZBS. Yet… Cable likes his guards much bigger than him and what is typically thought of as a guard in a ZBS. He’s a stud, regardless…

  3. alexander8414 says:

    Frankly I don’t see how his age doesn’t hurt his draft stock. You’re talking about a player who’s going to be 31 or 32 at the end of his rookie contract. Interior lineman tend to age well but that’s still pretty scary for a first rounder. Playing your first season at 26/27, ouch.

    I like him as a player though (granted, I’ve seen little), and I was impressed by this interview. Perhaps he falls a little and we can trade down and snag him near the top of the second?

  4. Pierce Holt, anyone? If he turns out good, nobody is going to care if he’s older. If we take a bust, who cares if that player was only 22?

  5. Soggybuc says:

    Also watkins doesnt have a lot “football” years on his body so you might consider him 23 or 24 for body age compared to a 23 year old who has been playing since high school.

    Watkins is known for playing with a nasty disposition,

    That part i like a lot. he and Okung would make a mean left side.

  6. alexander8414 says:

    Well of course a good older player is going to be preferable to a young bust. That’s just logic. It’s equally logical that between two equally talented players, the 21-year-old is a more valuable commodity than one who’s 26. I really only meant that there are many factors in evaluating a player, and age is one.

    But the reason I’m replying is because I’ve seen some very good aging curves for QBs (measuring peak years) and some less convincing ones for RBs and WRs. Does anyone know of any research for other positions? I’d love to see it.

  7. O/T about the same time that Lofa got his knees scoped, JS signed UFA DLer Jay Alford 6-3/304 (Raiders). OAK got him from NYG last Sept and released him again in Oct.

    In ’07 when he was drafted out of Penn St he was called a “. . . classic overachiever, but lacks the bulk and overall strength to face up and split double teams. He is a move-oriented pass rusher who compensates for a lack of raw power with a quick initial burst to shock offensive linemen and rock his opponents back on their heels. Like (STL’s Claude) Wroten, he might lack the sand in his pants to play regularly in a base defense, but while he is a good interior pass rusher, he lacks the sustained speed to be utilized as a full-time defensive end.” Is Alford a 3-tech or does he back-up Red?

    JS didn’t FT anybody, and I wouldn’t want to tag Mebane if it means he’d be paid $13M/yr, but I sure hope SEA’s gonna try to bring him back. Brandon’ll be a popular commodity out there.

  8. I wish the NFL had every piece of medical exam equipment imaginable (MRI, etc.) to fully examine every potential draftee. Would the player’s association object?

  9. The hockey and rugby background says Watkins is a scrapper. A man with attitude.

  10. Soggybuc says:

    If some teams want to shy away from Watkins on age alone thats a mistake IMHO. this guy appears to be one of those rare people who are just a sheer freak from a physicallity standpoint. (i know thats misspelled)

    Would you rather draft a great prospect who is 22 and stash in the PS for a year or two and then have him be a 45man back up depth guy for 2 years and let him start his first game at….I dunno 26 maybe? or….

    Draft a 26yo who you can throw into the mix from day one and let him get his craft and synergy down in 11 while you stockpile the talent needed for the 2013 SB run

  11. Dukeshire says:

    klm008 – Mebane would cost $7 mil in ’11 if franchised, not $12.4 mil. (DT vs DE tag) But regardless, still too much for his production. Hopefully Seattle re-signs him before the 4th. I agree, he’ll receive a lot attention as a FA.

  12. alexander8414 says:

    If you are drafting anyone in the first round who can clear to the practice squad you are doing it wrong. Most picks in the first couple rounds (on the O-line particularly) should at least challenge for a starting spot their first season, doesn’t matter how old they are. Give me an Earl Thomas any day of the week. Young kid like that is only getting better.

    I’m with you though, any team that discounts someone solely on age is making a mistake. I even think he’d be a good piece, from what I’ve read. I just don’t want the team to overpay.

  13. CyberCowboy777 says:

    Butte College!

    Recent SB winning QB came out of Butte, not a power house but we will take it.

  14. Sarcasticus says:

    I’m thinking making 1st year players play on the practice squad is sheer genius. So, I am definitely going with that option.

  15. I hear a lot of comments about the Super Bowl run we’re going to make in 2012 or 2013. Who is going to QB that team? A rookie? A 2nd year player? I’m not confident in Matt in 2013 and I don’t see making a run with a rookie QB and, no, after all the Charlie reports last year, I don’t see the position being played by him at a high level (at least not high enough for a team to go to the SB in spite of its QB play… I guess the positives is he’ll be the “future” as a 30 year old).

  16. seahawklovertoo says:

    Mrbaileyboy, I agree with You 100%, but,I wouldn’t spend my 1st round on him (or,Hudson). Second round pick —- for sure. Watkins will do good in NFL,and some team with very few needs will grab him before we do. I’m guessing the Saints or, NE and groom him for a short while so they can (finally) let Mankins go next year.

  17. By the time you get to #25 teams sometimes will take an OL guy who will not start, like in ’05 when Chris Spencer was taken @ #26. TR was trying to get the best center replacement for Tobeck, who was getting kinda long in the tooth. Then there’s Chris McIntosh. Holmgren took him in ’00 @ #22. He started @ RT 10 games the 1st yr and 3 the next year.

    If Watkins is a smoke-jumper, I’d really like to look at a good X-ray of his back, at least.

  18. Who can predict how long any career will be?
    Mayock was high on Watkins last nite on…that’s good enough for me.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    The above video didn’t work correctly for me, did he say he was a smoke-jumper?

  20. Hey Dukeshire, here’s a link made just for you buddy. (note: I put no stock in this whatsoever!)

    I can remember when I first saw this “Mock Draft Database” and it had a dozen “Mock Drafts” on the page. Look at it now! It runs on for pages and pages (and doesn’t even include some of the reputable scouts like Ourlad, etc.) Apparently EVERYONE on the Internet these days has INSIDE INFORMATION and a Mel-Kiper-like need to explain exactly what will happen in the future. Ha…Draft mania has gotten completely out of control.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, one stop mock-draft shopping. I like how some still have Luck going first. Perfect.

  22. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Both were great college players but I still don’t want no part of them – Watkins is too old and Hudson too small.

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