ALAMEDA -- The Raiders chose Menelik Watson with the No. 42 overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.
Here's a closer look at the selection:
Position: Right tackle
School: Florida State
Height/weight: 6 foot 5, 310 pounds
College career: A former soccer and basketball player from England who attended the Canaria Basketball Academy in Gran Canaria, Spain, he also played one year of hoops at Marist College. He then went to Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo to play football and was linemates with Kyle Long, who was taken in the first round by Chicago. After one season at Saddleback, Watson transferred to Florida State and started 12 of the 13 games in which he played. He has played a total of two college seasons -- one in junior college and one at D-I. In 19 starts, he has 148 knockdowns and 21 touchdown-resulting blocks while being credited with a tackle and blocking a kick.
Scouting report: Raw power and ultra-athletic, thanks to his background as both a soccer and basketball player. A gruesome ankle injury on the pitch, though, ended his soccer career. He is a project, of sorts, but his athleticism makes him even less of a reach. Skill-set often compared to that of Baltimore's Michael Oher. Watson is 24 years old and turns 25 on Dec. 22. Is second Englishman on roster, joining defensive end Jack Crawford, who was the Raiders' fifth-round pick last year.
How he fits: It's elementary, my dear Watson (sorry, couldn't resist, what with his England roots). The Raiders have a need at right tackle, despite re-signing Khalif Barnes and signing free agent Alex Barron. Brings a physicality and athleticism sorely needed on the line, which is returning to a power-blocking scheme after a failed switch to the zone-blocking scheme last year.
In his words: "Some consider me as a mummy's boy. She had four boys, she was by herself and many a time she could have walked out and left us (but) she always showed us love. She was hard on us -- she had to be -- but it's just the respect, when you see somebody fight that hard for you. I owe it to her, more than anybody else in the world, to do something positive and see her smile. That's my motivation."
--Menelik Watson, to BBC Sports