Raiders beef up offensive line with Menelik Watson

AP

The Raiders have plenty of needs.  Twenty-four hours ago, they didn’t have a second-round pick.

Via the trade down from No. 3 to No. 12, the Raiders picked up a second-round pick from the Dolphins.  They’ve now used it on tackle Menelik Watson.

Watson played college football at Florida State and grew up in England.  He’s regarded as a raw talent with real potential.

The Raiders need Watson and others to transform potential into production.  Quickly.

20 responses to “Raiders beef up offensive line with Menelik Watson

  1. 5 Noles picked now! He is a monster in the run game and great at getting at that second level on screen passes. DMAC’s numbers should increase if Watson plays to his potential.

    Fun fact: He was a teammate of Kyle Long — Bears first round pick — at Saddleback Junior College before coming to FSU.

  2. Nice to Reggie was able to pick up a player in the 2nd round to help the trenches. Reggie’s making some great decisions. This year it might not be evident based on all of the attrition and new players, but in time Reggie will be rebuild this franchise. Reggie made the most important steps with these two picks, now he needs to continue getting good players and value.

  3. I guess we’re going to see if Sparano is earning his paycheck this year. Watson is already 25, and Barnes is currently at the top of the depth chart, so they can’t afford to bring him along slowly.

  4. Holy cow! Off the streets of London to play soccer. Took up boxing then switched to college basketball? If this kid plays the piano and calls his mother every week, he could run for President.

  5. Exactly how is this pick different from selecting Bruce Campbell? At least Al waited till the 4th before drafting a raw talent project. Maybe I was just naive to think this draft would be different now that we had the genius, that Green Bay had no problem letting go, making decisions.

  6. First thing,there is a difference between raw talent and being a workout warrior as Bruce Campbell was described . Bruce Campbell had crap tape that is why he was taken in the fourth, he was projected to be a long project it was not a suprise when he didnt pan out. We were very fortunate to get something in return from Carolina even a six pack would have worked.Give Big Reg a couple of years you’ll get your chance to talk smack raider nation out

  7. I’m not talking smack I’m a raiders fan. Im just frustrated because I see a team that lost its best linebacker and three DTs and in a draft loaded with front 7 guys took a finess corner and a project olineman with its first two picks. I hope both these guys pan out but I am confident neither of these picks address our porous run D and the comically low number of team sacks we had last year.

  8. mjc6118 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:07 PM

    I’m not talking smack I’m a raiders fan. Im just frustrated because I see a team that lost its best linebacker and three DTs and in a draft loaded with front 7 guys took a finess corner and a project olineman with its first two picks.
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    Hayden isn’t a finesse corner, but Watson could easily be considered a project. Wheeler wasn’t a starter before he came to Oakland. McKenzie isn’t looking to flip the Raiders into the playoffs this season. He’s just trying to build a base while clearing off dead money. Give him a couple of years.

  9. Great story about Watson… He’s a GOOD kid, with
    a heart of a lion. A family first guy, who is a damn
    fine athlete.

    Coach him up a bit, and I think he is a steal.

    Now to that defensive line…

  10. How about drafting a DT as in Jesse Williams from Alabama in round 4. He should still be available when the Raiders pick. The most glaring need in the draft and Reggie hasn’t touched this position.
    Right now I’m not fond of the picks. I think they are all reaches and not enough experience, but I’ll wait before I pass judgement until the season gets started.

  11. Best of luck Menelik. Reggie looks like he is doing a good job. That says a lot about you! May you have many years in the NFL!

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