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Could Eagles' Danny Watkins wind up with the CFL's BC Lions?

With the Eagles drafting Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson with the fourth overall pick, the Eagles’ offensive line situation has suddenly become crowded.

Could Eagles' Danny Watkins wind up with the CFL's BC Lions?

The Eagles drafted Danny Watkins back in 2011. (Butch Dill/AP file)
The Eagles drafted Danny Watkins back in 2011. (Butch Dill/AP file)

With the Eagles drafting Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson with the fourth overall pick, the Eagles’ offensive line situation has suddenly become crowded.

Taking a tackle that high in the draft, it is almost a certainty that he will start right away.

Johnson will more than likely start at right tackle with Jason Peters starting at left tackle. Jason Kelce will more than likely be slotted to play center again.

That leaves Todd Herremans, Evan Mathis and Danny Watkins to fight for two guard spots.

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Herremans is better suited for guard than tackle and Mathis has played better than Watkins lately.

Where does that leave Watkins then?

Watkins could end up being let go all together, which would leave him looking for another team. Kansas City could be an option to be reunited with Andy Reid, the man that drafted him.

But another possibility is Canada. Everyone has been talking about the prospect of Tim Tebow heading up to the Canadian Football League this season, but the chances of Danny Watkins heading north of the border are very real.

The CFL draft allows teams to draft Canadian-born players only — whether they play football collegiately in Canada or the United States.

Watkins, a native of Kelowna, British Columbia, was drafted by the B.C. Lions with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 CFL Draft. The Lions still hold his rights.

And according to Duane Ford of TSN, Watkins could wind up with the Lions (see the “In the Pipeline” section of the story). But all of that obviously hinges on how Watkins performs with the Eagles during team workouts and training camp.

Not to mention there are 31 other NFL teams that could call for his services.

The CFL season begins June 27 with the Lions’ first game being played June 28 against the Calgary Stampeders.

Will Watkins be on the field for the Lions by that point? That is highly unlikely. Could he end up in B.C. before the end of the calendar year? That remains to be seen.

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