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Draft prank turns to dream for Watkins

4/29/2011

There's plenty of tension to go around in the NFL Draft's green room. Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins sat in the middle of it on Thursday night, unsure of what to expect.

The only thing he could control? The location of his phone. And then it rang, just midway through the first round.

"I thought, 'Oh, it’s too early for a team to be calling,'" Watkins said in this video on the team's website.

It was. Former teammate J.D. Walton, who now plays for the Denver Broncos, was on the other line from a Colorado area code, hoping to give his fellow offensive lineman's heart a jolt.

"We were laughing, he was messing with me," said Watkins, projected by most to go late in the first round.

A few picks later, it was still too early, and Watkins' phone rang again.

"I was like, 'Ahhh, J.D., it was funny once. Come on, man.' And I look and I’m like, 'Hm, that’s a weird number,'" he said.

It was the Philadelphia Eagles telling Watkins they wanted to take him with the 23rd pick in the first round.

"I didn’t think anything of it, and I was like, 'Hello?' They were like, 'Is this Danny Watkins?'"

"And I was like, 'Ohhhh, boy. Here we go,'" he said.

The Canadian will go from blocking for Robert Griffin III, one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the Big 12, to blocking for Michael Vick, one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.

But the first thing that came to mind for the former firefighter from British Columbia? Mark it down for a first in NFL draft history.

"I’m going to have to become a Flyers fan," he said.