Raiders sign round two pick OT Menelik Watson

Thearon W. Henderson

The Raiders announced today they have signed second-round draft pick, offensive tackle Menelik Watson.

Watson wasn't on the team bus when it arrived in Napa for report day today. Both he and first round pick, D.J. Hayden were absent at check-in as both had yet to sign their rookie contracts.

The Raiders used their pick at 42 overall in the draft last April to select Watson. They acquired the pick as part of a trade with the Miami Dolphins to move down in the first round.

A native of Manchester, England, Watson has just two years of football experience. He played his final collegiate season at Florida State after transferring from Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, Calif. Prior to that, he played two years of college basketball at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The 6-5, 315 pound offensive lineman started 12 of 13 games at right tackle in his only season at Florida State in 2012, garnering honorable mention All-ACC honors. He allowed only one sack and earned All-ACC Honorable Mention as well as helping Florida State to the ACC Championship.

Of the team's ten draft picks the Raiders had this year, just top pick D.J. Hayden remains unsigned. The team will begin practices on Friday and hopes they can get him under contract by that time.

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