Of the ten draft picks the Oakland Raiders acquired in the 2013 NFL Draft, they have now signed 9 of them. Raiders.com 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.