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The right side of the Eagles offensive line was one of the weakest points in an otherwise prolific offense last season. As a unit, the line gave up 49 sacks and 95 quarterback hits, making it the fourth-worst line in the league.
Although old for a rookie, Danny Watkins has enough talent to step into a starting role by week one. Watkins starred as a left tackle at Baylor, but Andy Reid has already told PhiladelphiaEagles.com that he envisions the rookie playing guard:
"Right now I'm looking at guard. I don't know what side though...He can really play any position you need him to play."
While current starting left guard Todd Herremans has played at a near-Pro Bowl level for the past several seasons, there is speculation that he could be moved to the right side of the line. Since Michael Vick is a left-handed quarterback, the Eagles need to bolster the right side of the line to protect his blind spot. Herremans, with his wealth of NFL experience, could be the best option.
However, an upgrade to the right side can come from either switching Herremans' position or inserting Watkins into the mix. That leaves either starting left or right guard as a landing spot for the Eagles' first overall pick.
Of course, there is always an outside chance that Reid could have Watkins challenge Winston Justice for the starting right tackle position, but guard would be a more natural fit for the rookie.