Falcons check out Baylor prospects
Adam Stites of Jaggernaut.com reports that the Falcons were in attendance at yesterday’s pro day for Baylor University draft prospects. The two big names that stand out among the Baylor players are guard Danny Watkins and nose tackle Phil Taylor.
According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, both Watkins and Taylor did not work out at the pro day but went through individual position drills. Both had solid Combine performances last week.
Watkins is likely the prospect that the Falcons representatives were most keen to see. With the Falcons offensive line in flux, Watkins could be a possible target for the Falcons at the end of the first round, or at least one mock draft seems to think so. At the Combine, Watkins measured 6’3″ 310, clocking a 5.36 40 time and did 29 bench reps of 225 pounds. He is widely considered to be among the top guards in this draft class. NFL.com’s Mike Mayock has him as the second best interior lineman, while ESPN’s Mel Kiper has him rated as his top offensive guard. Brandt has him ranked in his Top 50 prospects overall.
Taylor is less likely to be on the Falcons radar, as the 6’3″ 334-pound nose tackle is billed as one of the top 3-4 nose tackle candidates in this class. Per Brandt, he is potentially moving up as a potential first round candidate.