September 29, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) is congratulated by offensive linesman Menelik Watson (71) after they scored a touchdown against the South Florida Bulls during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Ink Second Round Pick Menelik Watson

Of the ten draft picks the Oakland Raiders acquired in the 2013 NFL Draft, they have now signed 9 of them. reported that the Oakland Raiders have now signed their second round draft pick, Offensive Tackle, Menelik Watson.  The Manchester, England, native played his final collegiate year with the Florida State Seminoles after transferring from Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, CA.

With the signing of Watson, the Oakland Raiders have just Defensive Back, and first round draft pick, D.J. Hayden left to sign.  The first actual practice is scheduled for Friday, July 26th.  This gives the Raiders a couple of days to make sure they enter camp with no hold-outs.

Now, Watson will compete with Tackle Khalif Barnes for the starting right tackle position.  Along with quarterback, defensive back, linebacker, tight end, and defensive lineman, this is going to be a matchup to keep an eye on.  If Watson pans out to be the player that the Raiders hope he is, we will be looking at one of the best, if not the best, offensive lines in 2013.  I make this statement with a lot of fire power to back it up too.  First of all, Offensive Line Coach/Assistant Head Coach Tony Sparano is one of the best lineman coaches in the business.  That’s the reason why Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie brought him to Oakland.  Next, we already have proven linemen in Bergstrom, Veldheer, and Wisniewski.  The biggest question mark facing the line is which Mike Brisiel will show up?  Will it be the Super Bowl winning offensive guard, or the “I’m always nursing an injury” player.  Along with Raider Nation, I’m definitely hoping for the winner.

In any event, it is a blessing that the Oakland Raiders are this closer to having the entire 2013 NFL Draft Class signed and in training camp at the same time.

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Tags: Jared Veldheer Menelik Watson Mike Brisiel Oakland Raiders Steve Wisniewski Tony Bergstrom

  • Sam Reaber

    I am curious as to how Tony Bergstrom is proven? I hate to be pedantic, but he played limited reps last year, and was drafted for his ability in ZBS–in my book that makes him far from proven. I agree that if Watson is the player he was drafted to be that this Offensive line will be solid, but I think that it is a leap, at this point, to think that this could be a top OL group with Brisiel and Bergstrom at Guard. I could easily be wrong and Bergstrom could be brilliant this year, but he is far from proven.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    True, he played limited reps in his rookie season. However, he is going to be used at left guard this year. This means that the left side of the line with Veldheer at LT, Bergstrom at LG, and Wisniewski at C is set. Bergstrom is smart and aggressive. He was drafted by McKenzie and Allen to play guard. True, the Raiders were trying to install a ZBS that couldn’t work with the personnel that were already on the team. However, when Bergstrom was in the line-up, the line was strengthened. He will have competition from Jason Foster and Lucas Nix, but those two will have a better shot at unseating Mike Brisiel. Tony Sparano is going to whip this line into shape, and there will be more consistency from this group. I think Bergstrom will surprise you.