2018 NFL Draft

Menelik Watson, OT

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Manchester, UK
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 310 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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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

04/25/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: SIX GUYS WHO MAY SNEAK INTO THE FIRST ROUND: 1. Menelik Watson, OT Florida State: The former Marist College basketball player from England has clearly impressed offensive line coaches and is under serious consideration as a first-round selection after just 11 college starts. As one coach said "he is as good a right tackle candidate as I have evaluated in 10 years." Another quote was "he does things in 11 starts that some players haven't done in 11 years of playing football." - Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com

04/08/2013 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: Florida State OT Menelik Watson impresses at pro day...Menelik Watson OL (6-5 ??, 314 pounds) - He recorded a 27.5-inch vertical jump and 19 strength lifts. Watson played right tackle at Florida State but the feeling is he can play left tackle. He reminds people of boxer Lennox Lewis because of his accent and gold tooth. This is a kid who has only player one year of football. He's from Manchester, England, and very good offensive lineman. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/27/2013 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 4. Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State...Based on the unique fluidity and speed Watson demonstrated this season operating at right tackle for the Seminoles, scouts anticipated the UK-native to rank among this year's most impressive testers in Indianapolis. Instead, Watson failed miserably to live up to his hype. He ranked among the worst offensive linemen tested in several drills, including finishing dead last in the three cone drill (8.31), a test some scouts believe is the most important of all the measureable drills when it comes to offensive linemen. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, 10 players to watch: 6. OT Menelik Watson, Florida State...Although he's not a household name just yet, Watson is an interesting prospect for several reasons. A native of Manchester, England, he starred at the JUCO ranks before transferring and spending one season with the Seminoles. Watson still has a lot of work to do in terms of his development, but he is a freakishly athletic big man who will impress in Indy. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: While the medicals, weigh-ins, and interviews all play more critical roles in a player's overall grade than his performance during athletic testing at the combine, there is no doubt that the extraordinary athleticism demonstrated during drills can leave scouts (and the media) buzzing. This hype has helped push players up draft boards in the past and it will continue to do so in 2013. Two offensive linemen who are expect to dazzle in workouts this year are Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Terron Armstead and Florida State's Menelik Watson.

Watson, a junior, is an even more fascinating story. A native of Manchester, England, the 6-5, 320 pounder originally planned to use basketball as an avenue to athletic stardom and tried his hands at boxing before ultimately switching to football. After just one year at Saddlebrook Community College in California, FBS programs across the country had heard of his unbelievable athleticism and were racing to sign him. He signed with the Seminoles over Oklahoma, Oregon and Rutgers, among others. The FSU coaches pleaded with him to return for his senior season, but Watson left after just one season in Tallahassee. He certainly is raw, but don't be surprised at all when he proves to be one of the combine's biggest stars. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/09/2013 - Offensive tackle Menelik Watson will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft according to multiple reports. Watson, 6-6, 320, played one year at FSU after transferring from Saddleback (JC) in California. He has played just 20 games since come to this country from Manchester, England, 12 at FSU, eight at Saddleback. He was an honorable mention All-ACC this season. Watson is the third FSU player to leave early, joining DE Bjoern Werner and CB Xavier Rhodes. - Tom D'Angelo, The Palm Beach Post

01/07/2013 - Menelik Watson will enter the NFL draft as expected, a source confirmed to Warchant Monday. The massive right tackle was expected to turn pro, but Florida State's staff did want to convince Watson to stay.

Watson is such an interesting story, and we barely knew him at Florida State. I was able to interview him just once, briefly, after the Orange Bowl due to Florida State's policy that prevents first-year players from speaking with the media. Watson came to Florida State by way of junior college, to which he came by way of boxing, to which he came by way of playing basketball at Marist University, and he's originally from England. Most interesting background on the Florida State team? Absolutely.

Should Watson go pro? It depends. He mentioned his family after the Orange Bowl, and I'll never begrudge a player for taking care of his family. Is Watson ready to start in the NFL? Probably not. Physically, he's a freak. But he's only played one true year of D1 football. But man is he a physical freak, and he will shoot up draft boards as he wows scouts at the combine and in personal workouts. - Bud Elliott, Tomahawk Nation

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: OT-Menelik Watson, Fr., Florida State (3), has been selected Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. - Florida State football