Is Bust Guard Danny Watkins Already Done in Philadelphia?

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 6, 2013

Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles guard Danny Watkins (63) prior to playing the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Early indications after the NFL draft are that Danny Watkins could be the odd man out on the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line. 

The Eagles drafted Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson fourth overall, giving the team the ability to flex regular right tackle Todd Herremans back inside. Such a move would push Watkins right out of the starting lineup—and maybe right off the roster. 

From's Vaughn Johnson

Watkins could end up being let go all together, which would leave him looking for another team. Kansas City could be an option to be reunited with Andy Reid, the man that drafted him.

But another possibility is Canada. Everyone has been talking about the prospect of Tim Tebow heading up to the Canadian Football League this season, but the chances of Danny Watkins heading north of the border are very real.

I'd imagine someone would give Watkins a shot before he's forced to return to Canada. But the former No. 23 overall pick was so bad during the last two seasons that I have a hard time envisioning a scenario in which the Eagles would regret moving on from him so quickly. 

He might not be a terrible run-blocker, but he's not an ideal fit for Chip Kelly. The Baylor product was horrendous in pass protection during the first six weeks of the 2012 season, giving up 16 pressures during that stretch, according to Pro Football Focus. He was benched in favor of street free agent Jake Scott and was a healthy scratch during the final two weeks of the year.

There might be some room for improvement, but he's not as young as you'd expect. Watkins turns 29 this year.

At least he had Andy Reid on his side in 2011 and 2012. Kelly and his staff have no connection to Watkins, which will only make it easier to part ways with yet another disappointing leftover from a prior era.