2.10 Oakland Raiders Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State (6-5, 310)
With the tenth pick in the second round of the NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson. He is a former basketball player who only played two years of football and will need some time developing in the NFL. It’s not ideal pick for an Oakland squad that could use players that no what they are doing from day one, but Watson has the raw skills to develop into a potential starting tackle and even maybe a left tackle down the road. The Raiders must have been really high to take Watson with the tenth pick in the 2nd round because what they really needed was a guard. It’s possible, Watson could slide into guard at first but we’ll find out more once training camp starts.
Watson comes in with nice size and long arms, he’s also got great lateral movement, probably a result of his basketball background. But he lacks the strength to push blockers away for the run game, which is why he could be a long shot to slide into one of the guard slots. Currently the Raiders employ Jared Veldheer and Khalif Barnes at the tackle positions, whom both are decent. At the very least, Watson will be the main backup should either of them go down due to injury.
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