Bio of Eagles first-round pick Danny Watkins

Posted: April 29, 2011

Who: Danny Watkins

The pick: First round, 23rd overall

Born: Nov. 6, 1984 (age 26)

College: Baylor

Position: Offensive lineman

Size: 6-4/310 pounds

Hometown: Kelowna,

British Columbia, Canada

High school: Mount Boucherie Secondary. He did not play football in high school. He played hockey and rugby. "When you're 270 pounds in 12th grade, there weren't many players in the NHL that size," he said of his switch to football.

No spring chicken: Watkins is the oldest first-round pick since Oklahoma's Billy Sims, 25, was picked No. 1 overall by the Lions in 1980.

Firefighter: Watkins was a part-time firefighter in his hometown in Canada. He brought his fire chief to the draft in New York last night.

CFL pick: Watkins was chosen fourth overall in May 2010 by the Canadian Football League's British Columbia Lions.

Baylor career: Started in 2011 Senior Bowl; was All-Big 12 in 2010, as a senior; started all 25 games of Baylor career; leader of Baylor's offensive line that ranked third in Big 12 and 24th nationally in rushing (194.6 yards per game) and fourth in conference in sacks against (1.54 per game); as a junior, he started all 12 games in first season at Baylor; one of 11 Bears to start all 12 games in 2009; averaged an 89 percent grade over season from offensive line coaches; totaled 103 knockdowns in 12 games.

A kick in the Butte: He transferred to Baylor from Butte College, a junior college in Oroville, Calif., where he studied in the school's fire academy. He didn't start playing football until he was 22 years old, in 2007 at Butte. He played in all 22 games at Butte.

Quote: Watkins told the Daily News' Les Bowen at the Senior Bowl in January: "I didn't think anything like this would be happening" when he went out for the Butte team "[that it was] just for fun and recreation."

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