Feb. 8, 2011
WACO, Texas - Baylor seniors Phil Taylor and Danny Watkins have been invited to work out for National Football League coaches and scouts at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine to be held Feb. 23 to March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The annual combine allows top executives, coaches, player personnel staff and medical personnel from all 32 teams to evaluate the nation's top collegiate football players eligible for April's NFL Draft. The four-day job interview involves a series of tests, drills and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel.
Both Taylor, a defensive lineman, and Watkins, an offensive lineman, participated in the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl on Jan. 29, becoming the first duo of Baylor student-athletes to participate in the same Senior Bowl since five Bears participated in the 1989 event.
Watkins, a two-year letterwinner from Kelowna, B.C., started all 25 games at left tackle during his Baylor career. As a senior in 2010, Watkins earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from numerous publications after leading the team with 134 knockdowns and an average coaches' grade of 90 percent. He posted the highest grade of any lineman in 12 of 13 games and led the team in knockdowns in every game.
Watkins was drafted fourth overall in the May 2010 CFL Canadian Draft by his hometown B.C. Lions, but he chose to return to Baylor for his senior season.
Taylor, also a two-year letterwinner, transferred to Baylor after playing two seasons at Penn State. A native of Clinton, Md., Taylor earned consensus second-team All-Big 12 honors after starting all 13 games as a senior. His 62 tackles in 2010 were the most by a Baylor interior lineman since Ethan Kelley in 2002. He also ranked second on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss, tied for third with 2.0 sacks, and had two pass breakups and three quarterback hurries.