Scouting the Draft: Danny Watkins, Baylor

A once-a-day look at a draft prospect that either has been targeted for the Patriots in a mock draft, has had a private workout for New England or has made an official visit to Gillette Stadium. In the end, mocks are good for discussion and workouts and interviews could be a smokescreen or a sign of real interest, but these are players who make sense as being on the Pats’ radar for the upcoming draft.

Name: G/T Danny Watkins, Baylor

Height, weight: 6-3, 310 pounds

Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia (Mount Boucherie Secondary)

Senior season stats: 13 games (13 starts); Baylor rushed for 194.6 YPG (24th in nation)


Career stats: 25 games (25 starts) at Baylor; 22 games Butte (Calif.) College

Honors: first-team All-Big 12 (Associated Press), second-team All-Big 12 (coaches)

Combine: 40 dash – 5.40s; bench – 29 reps; vertical – 26 in.; broad – 7-8; 3-cone – 7.61s

Why he’s a fit for the Pats: Watkins appears to be a mix of Stephen Neal and Logan Mankins – he’s played football for just four years, beginning when he walked on the team at Butte College in 2007, and he played left tackle in college but is projected as a guard and excelled at the position at the Senior Bowl – and he has a nasty streak. He has experience as a firefighter, which means he understands working on a team. Watkins and Florida’s Mike Pouncey are the best of a thin guard class.

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