Menelik Watson, former Marist basketball player, selected by Raiders in NFL Draft
Menelik Watson, a former post player on the Marist basketball team, will wear the silver and black.
The Oakland Raiders used their second-round pick – the 42nd selection overall – on Watson, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive tackle from Manchester, England. After spending two years at Marist, Watson transferred to Saddlebrook, a junior college in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he began playing football for the first time. He later transferred to Florida State. Last season, he allowed just one sack in 12 games for the Seminoles.
“This is a kid that I think has the feet and balance in pass protection maybe ... to be a left tackle,” ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said immediately following the Raiders' pick.
“His awareness needs a lot of work,” added ESPN's Todd McShay. “His technique is a work in progress. But ... he's got the feet. There's a lot of developmental upside here."
Joey Clinkscales, the Raiders' director of player personnel, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Watson will compete immediately for playing time at right tackle, left tackle or guard.
Watson has “the strength and demeanor that we’re looking for,” Clinkscales saiid.