Prospect: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida St.
By Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Director and Senior Writer
February 20, 2013
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 320 40: 5.00
Strengths: Truly rare athlete. Played college basketball and boxing before football. Surprisingly quick for such a big guy. Very quick footwork. Has powerful hands, has a good initial punch. Does a good job of latching onto defenders and making it hard to disengage. Great body control. Carries weight well. Shows great strength. Very good pass protector. Has a very quick kick slide. Shows the quickness to handle speed rushers as well as the anchor to handle the bull rush in pass protection. Decent run blocker; could use improvement here. Does a great job of getting to the 2nd level. Has an elite motor. Leader. Huge upside and potential.
Weaknesses: Unpolished and raw as a prospect. Needs to improve fundamentals. Awareness and understanding the game will need improvement. Hesitates when facing the blitz. Needs to get lower when blocking; especially run blocking. He also needs to keep his feet moving when engaged. Does not have a lot of experience.
Summary: Menelik Watson, a native of Manchester, England has only played 2 seasons of football. That’s unbelievable; the fact that he’s this good, this soon is incredible to me. Obviously, Watson is a rare athlete who is very big but surprising light and quick on his feet. He moves very well and shows great speed throughout his game. To me, he looks like a natural pass blocker. My biggest concern is his run blocking though, which will need some work. However with just two years of football under his belt, the sky’s the limit for this young man. I think he has unlimited potential and he should go high on draft day.
Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd