Remember when the Philadelphia Eagles drafted a 26-year-old rookie in Round 1?
If you’re old enough to remember the selection of Danny Watkins in Round 1 of the 2011 NFL Draft, you remember the sick feeling that went through your body. Sure, there are tons of NFL fans who brag about their knowledge after the fact, but this one was pretty easy for everyone, except for Andy Reid of course.
We all knew this wasn’t going to work!
Big Red drafted a 26-year-old fireman, the oldest player taken in the first round of any NFL Draft since 1971, and then, he told us that part of the reason he did so was that he loved football. Well, heck! Most of us love football. That doesn’t mean we should be playing for an NFL team.
Sadly, Big Red was mistaken. Danny Watkins didn’t love football at all!
As far as what he did on the football field, there wasn’t much to brag about. He was benched twice before he turned 28. He appeared in 23 games over two seasons with 18 starts before winding up in Miami with the Dolphins to play a single game in 2013.
Andy Reid, despite some of the criticism he gets, has forgotten more about football than most of his detractors will ever know, but he might be the only person on the planet that didn’t know this was a bad decision when he made it.