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Didinger also whipped up a take on the possibility of resurrecting the career of 2011 first-round pick Danny Watkins (Ray Didinger, CSNPhilly.com).
The Eagles have a new offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland, formerly of reigning BCS National champion Alabama. We have all saw the power of the 2012 Alabama offensive line, including guard Chance Warmack bullying Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o.
Stoutland believes Watkins is "a winner" and that "he's athletic, he’s explosive. I see a young man with a lot of talent.”
Let's remember, first, that Watkins is not that young. Yes, he is only in his third year in the league, but he is already 28 years old. Second, this is the same Danny Watkins who lost his starting job to Jake Scott, a street free agent, in the middle of the 2012 season because of poor play.
Stoutland clearly is not working with Chance Warmack here.
Can Stoutland whip Watkins back into shape? Perhaps. It could depend on how the Eagles attack the draft, particularly at the top. With Stoutland in tow, will the Eagles actually take a shot on Warmack at No. 4? It's possible. But if they don't take a guard, then it looks to be one more opportunity for the former firefighter.
Verdict: Buy, with the option to sell later