The Raiders addressed their needs on the offensive line by drafting Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson with the 42nd pick of Friday’s second round of the draft.
This was the second pick Oakland got from Miami in exchange for the third pick on Thursday.
Watson played on the right side of the line at FSU, so it seems as if Mr. Universe Jared Veldheer will remain at left tackle.
Watson, 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, is considered by scouts as athletic but still considerably raw as a football player. Here’s Shutdown Corner’s assessment:
Ridiculously athletic blocker with some spatial awareness issues. Tends to flame out against complex stunts and blitzes, and isn’t always where he’s supposed to be, but his athleticism and relative football inexperience make him a tantalizing prospect over time.
Here’s NFL.com’s analysis of Watson:
Strengths: Physical specimen. Great size, and tremendously athletic. Explosive first step. Good foot quickness. Showcases mobility and range as a blocker. Able to get to the second level and make cut off blocks. Flexible, bends well. Powerful punch.
Weaknesses: Still raw, limited football experience. Older than ideal. Hand placement is poor. Often hits outside of the frame, and will have a tendency to get overly grabby. Will result in more penalties in the NFL. Needs to play with a wider base. Inconsistent with his footwork.
NFL Comparison: Jared Gaither
Oh, and fun little factoid: He’s an English bloak.