(Independent scout and draft expert Josh Liskiewitz will contribute regularly to RoarReport.com in the days, weeks and months leading up to the annual NFL draft. To determine Josh's street cred, check his bio beneath the article -- Thanks, Ed.)
Scout.com has confirmed that the Lions have an interest in Baylor OG Danny Watkins. According to one Scout.com representative, the team displayed "considerable interest." Below is a report from RoarReport.com draft expert Josh Liskiewitz, who is also attending the Senior Bowl events in Mobile, AL.
Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor - 6'3, 312
At Baylor, Watkins played RT, but he looked natural on Monday sliding down to guard.
He showed quick feet sliding and redirecting in one-one-ones, as well as the natural strength and knee bend to sink his hips and anchor against the bull rush. He was also very competitive and aggressive at the point-of-attack, displaying his ability to drive block effectively.
He is one of the top guards in this draft class, so Detroit's interest in him is natural. Watkins would be an excellent third-round selection, and should be able to start early in his career.
While I wouldn't expect Detroit to snatch him up at pick No. 13, he would definitely be on the short list after a trade down, and a home run if he some how made it to pick No. 44.
Josh Liskiewitz has been an independent scout for four years, the last two with GM Jr as a college scout. He is a self professed "film junkie," watching upwards of 50 hours of film per week year round on hundreds of NFL prospects. He credits Russ Lande, former NFL scout and founder and president of GM Jr Scouting LLC, with aiding in the development of his foundation in scouting and unique perspective on football.