Danny Watkins is arguably the best interior lineman prospect in this year's draft. His performance during Senior Bowl week was nothing less than dominant and he showed the raw ability to get even better in the NFL. So why isn't he considered a first round prospect? He's going to turn 27 this November.
The NFL Draft is an event in which teams can improve themselves by infusing new youthful talent into their roster. Or is it just talent? If age is a factor, there must be a point in time in which the value of a player exceeds the negatives of their age. On that same train of thought, is there a point in which a player is too young?
If a team drafts a player that is too young, they could be taking a risk on the development and the maturity of the player. Through two drafts, Gene Smith appears to be a general manager that greatly factors age into his draft picks.