For the first time since 1957, Baylor had two players go in the first round of the draft. Defensive end Phil Taylor joins the Cleveland Browns at the 21st pick. Two picks later, Danny Watkins joined the Philadelphia Eagles.
Art Briles has seen three of his players go as first round picks in three years – it’s easy to see how passionate he is about this program’s success.
Phil Taylor, (who actually played really well against Von Miller this year) joins Colt McCoy and the Browns for the season. The Browns actually traded up to ensure they could grab Taylor. He’s 6’3, 337 lbs, and a terror to match. I think with NFL workouts the doubts of his movement and fatigue will diminish.
If there’s one thing I know about Briles, he’s instilled motivation and drive into these guys. He’s a humble and hungry coach driven by the consistent progression of this program, and we as a student body have seen that. Taylor and Watkins have whipped it summer after summer in Texas heat for a coach driven on doing things the right way.
Here’s a video of Danny Watkins getting the call. Being a firefighter, who previously played hockey, INTENSELY, he’s got the instinct to protect his qb. Andy Reid couldn’t be happier with the Watkins addition, but I look forward to seeing him exceed expectations.
Seriously, watch the video.
Wish I could write more, but it’s finals week! SO PROUD of the representations of Baylor, I had a smile plastered to my face all night. I look forward to seeing these making huge plays on Sundays. Congrats to Phil and Danny!!!