Menelik Watson, OT

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Manchester, UK
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 310 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2012 Season
All-ACC (Honorable Mention)...Coaches All-ACC (Honorable Mention)...Junior college transfer who jumped into the starting lineup at right tackle after arriving in January and helped solidify the unit...started 12 of 13 games and boasted a season average grade of 76.2 percent...allowed just one sack all season...registered three knockdowns against both Boston College and Maryland... major contributor to an FSU offense in 2012 which will go down in school history as the most productive ever racking up a school record 6,591 yards which surpassed the 2000 team for the most yards.

An outstanding blocker who played a key role in FSU's resurgent running game, which averaged 205.9 yards a game and produced a single-season record 40 rushing touchdowns...athletically-gifted big man from Manchester, Great Britain...played Division I basketball at Marist before transferring to Saddleback (Calif.) College, where he played football for the first time and emerged as one of the nation's top junior college tackles...selected as the Top Newcomer on Offense at the team's annual banquet.

High School
Graduated from Burnage High School, in Manchester, England in 2006...selected Florida State over Auburn, Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon and Rutgers.
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 39. *Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State: If grading strictly on his 2012 tape, Watson ranks as a top-20 prospect in the 2013 draft. Teams are left to question if the junior college transfer will take advantage of the unique traits he demonstrated in his one season at the D-I level or disappoint -- like he did in workouts. Some see a future Pro Bowl performer in Watson. Others think he's the second coming of workout warrior Bruce Campbell. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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