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#71
Menelik Watson
Team: Florida State SeminolesHeight: 6-6 Born: 12/22/1988
Position: OLWeight: 320 Hometown: Manchester, England
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report
Watson has one of the more unique backstories of anyone in the draft, and to top it off he's also one of its most coveted offensive linemen. Born into poverty in England, Watson grew up excelling at soccer before turning all of his attention to basketball by 2007. He played on a traveling team in Spain and eventually was granted a scholarship to play at Marist. After redshirting as a freshman, he averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 29 games as a captain in 2010-11. That ended up being his only season with the Red Foxes, as he then transferred to Saddleback Junior College to play football, and then on to Florida State. In 2012 with the Seminoles, he allowed just one sack in 13 games - 12 starts - and was part of an offense that established a school record with 6,591 yards. That turned out to be his lone season in Tallahassee, as he decided to leave early with the hopes of helping support his family. That shouldn't be a problem, with a big payday projected for this likely second-round pick. Although extremely raw in technique, Watson is a physical beast. He is strong and moves surprising well for someone his size - a trait that no doubt stems from his earlier days on the pitch and the court. He has a quick first step and is able to use his speed to get to linebacker depth. Although he only has limited football experience, Watson is considered one of the top tackles on the draft board.