NFC East: Big 12

Five years ago, Danny Watkins was a fireman in Canada.

Watkins
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On Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles made him the 23rd pick in the NFL Draft. Five of his Canadian firefighter friends were at the draft with him, voicing their support.

Like his teammate, Phil Taylor, Watkins went higher than expected and gives the Bears two first-round picks in 2010 after having just one in Big 12 history (2009, Jason Smith).

Watkins is a solid tackle that some have called the safest pick in the draft. From the hockey rink to the fire station in Canada to junior college in California and eventually major college football in Waco, Texas, it's been quite a ride for the 6-foot-3, 310-pounder.

The next step starts in Philadelphia.
Prince Amukamara has been one of the best cornerbacks in the Big 12 for two seasons, and was a cornerstone of one of the league's best defenses during his time at Nebraska.

He'll try to do the same in New York after being selected 19th overall by the Giants.

It'll be quite the change of scenery for Amukamara, but he'll get a chance to learn from some of the NFL's best as a Giant. New York already has Aaron Ross and Antrel Rolle on its roster.

Amukamara's stock slipped late in the draft process, but the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder will get plenty of chances to prove himself in the NFC East.

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