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Houck, Phillips Scouting Baylor Tackle, Former Canadian Fireman Danny Watkins

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    With just about everything else about the 2011 NFL season in doubt, it is certain that in April, the league will have its draft as planned. Considering, while Jerry Jones and the other owners head to Washington DC to participate in labor discussions, coaches continue in their preparation for the draft as normal.

    Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line coach Hudson Houck and his assistant Wes Phillips attended Baylor University’s pro day on Wednesday to scout offensive tackle Danny Watkins.

    A 26-year old Canadian and former part-time firefighter, Watkins would likely move to either center or guard in the NFL. He attended Butte College in 2007 and 2008 before transferring to Baylor. He was drafted by his home province British Columbia Lions in 2010, but opted to remain in Waco for his final year.

    Watkins is a peculiar prospect, and not just because of his age. He didn’t play high school football, instead participating in rugby and hockey. But after playing his first years of football at Butte, in Northern California--the same school where Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers started before going to Cal--he transferred to Baylor. Now, he is the rated second overall for guards in the draft according to CBSSports.com.

    We couldn’t make this stuff up.

     

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