May 2, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor senior-to-be offensive tackle Danny Watkins was selected fourth overall in Sunday's Canadian Football League (CFL) Canadian Draft by the British Columbia Lions. The native of Kelowna, B.C., will return to anchor Baylor's line in 2010 and is projected to be drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.
"It's an honor and a privilege to be selected in the CFL Draft," Watkins said. "It's definitely an exciting time for me and I'm anxious to see what awaits as I head into my senior year here at Baylor."
Watkins started all 12 games for Baylor at left tackle in 2009 in just his third season playing football. The native Canadian grew up playing hockey and rugby and was a firefighter before trying his hand at football at Butte College in California in 2007. The 6-4, 310 pound Watkins took over Baylor's starting left tackle position vacated by 2009 No. 2 NFL draftee Jason Smith.
An All-America candidate listed on the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, Watkins totaled 103 knockdowns and graded out at 89 percent as a junior last season. He earned first-team junior college All-America honors as a sophomore in 2008 by JC Athletic Bureau while at Butte.