With the 42nd pick in the 2013 NFL DRAFT the OAKLAND RAIDERS select:
MENELIK WATSON│OT│FLORIDA ST.
JR (6’5” 310lbs)
STRENGTHS: In terms of upside, Watson ranks right up there with the Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson as one of the elite talents among offensive tackles in the 2013 draft. Possesses light feet, long arms, and natural overall weight distribution. Flashes great quickness and balance when dropping back into pass protection. Naturally strong, heavy hands to latch on and control opponents. Flashes a physical pop to rock defenders on their heels. Good balance. Natural knee bender who can sink to absorb contact. Best attribute might be straight-line speed. Races off the ball to block defenders at the second level, sometimes 20+ yards downfield. Blessed with the traits that will catch the imagination of NFL offensive line coaches for every team in the league.
WEAKNESSES: Raw as they come. Highly inconsistent off the snap. Is just as often the last off the ball as he is the first. Consistently allows his hands to slip outside of his opponents numbers, which will draw flags from NFL officials for holding. Possesses jaw-dropping speed to the second level but doesn’t always recognize who to block… Frequently late recognizing stunts and blitzes and reacts poorly, simply whiffing on occasion.
Struggles with leverage, especially in short yardage situations and can get knocked backwards… Has jumped from sport to sport in an attempt to find his fit and may lack the passion for the game to ever become great at his craft. Has just two seasons of “American” football under his belt and only one at the the FCS level.
The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS are on the clock.