Originally Posted by Eyemsougly
Reid did not pick Watkins, his personnel guys did
Oh yes he did. You should have heard Reid gushing over him in the post draft press conference.
Sometimes picks don't work out. I can assure you that of all the stupid things Reid did in his 14 years in Philly, drafting Watkins doesn't even make the top 5.
As for Watkins, he isn't a bum or anything. There are loads of starting guards that he is better than. He physically dominates but struggles with the mental part of the game. I wouldn't be surprised if he comes on this season. If he gets cut, I'd love for him to come to KC cause we need depth on the OL with the loss of Winston and Lilja.
I also think he is out of position at guard. If he were to be moved back to tackle I think he'd flourish. Particularly in a more conventional blocking scheme then the one he was playing in under Mudd.
Re. BPA: It is a stupid strategy because it assumes that all positions are of equal value, which is false. Reid always says he wants the BPA, but in practice he has a preference for linemen and QBs. I was really surprised/disappointed that he didn't take a Dlineman and only took one pass rusher.
Of course he's going to gush over a pick. Coaches always do. And again, after banner left, there was word that Reid was complaining about having no control over personnel, the Eagles signed Jake scott and he started scott over Watkins. It says something when a guy bitches about not having say in personnel, then one of his first moves while having more say was to sign a replacement for the 2011 first round pick.
I am not saying Reid is a draft guru or a genius. But it doesn't sound plausible that Reid would have made the call at pick 23, then got Joe banner fired a year later because he didn't have say in personnel.