The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Oakland Raiders in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, April 26, 2013.
AT A GLANCE
2013: Was inactive due to injury for the first seven games...Made his NFL debut in Week 9 vs. Philadelphia, seeing action at RT...Started his first NFL game in Week 10 at NYG...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Made his NFL debut, filling in for the injured T Matt McCants at RT...Helped the offense total 560 yards of offense, the third-highest mark in Raiders history...(11/10) at NYG: Made his first NFL start at RT, helping Oakland rush for 107 yards...(11/17) at Hou.: Started the game as an extra offensive lineman and rotated in at RT throughout...Helped QB Matt McGloin post a 105.9 QB rating in his first-career start...(12/8) at NYJ: Saw action as an extra offensive lineman and was part of a line that helped the offense rush for 150 yards against the league’s top-ranked rush defense...(12/15) vs. KC: Saw action as an extra offensive lineman and was part of a line that did not allow a sack.
COLLEGE: Played final collegiate season at Florida State, completing a unique journey that included stops at Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, Calif., and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. …Played two years of college football, lettering in basketball at Marist…As a senior at Florida State, was named honorable-mention All-ACC by conference coaches and second-team All-ACC by the NFL Draft Report…Played in 13 games with 12 starts…Allowed only one sack and was part of an offensive line yielded just 26 sacks on the season…Part of the most productive offense in school history, as the Seminoles racked up a program-record 6,591 total yards…Aided a running game that averaged 206.1 yards per contest and produced a program-record 40 rushing touchdowns…Posted 10 key blocks, including two touchdown-resulting blocks, in a 51-7 win over Boston College…In only season at Saddleback College, earned second-team All-Southern California Football Association honors…Attended Saddleback with Kyle Long, Raider legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long’s son...Helped team to an 8-3 record and blocked for an offense that averaged 470.4 total yards per game and 338.6 passing yards per contest…Attended Marist for two years, redshirting his first season on the basketball team as a freshman…Lettered during the 2010-11 season, playing in 29 games with 13 starts…Elected team captain as a forward/center, and averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game…Earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors averaging 11 points and 4.7 rebounds in games vs. Rutgers, Lehigh and Vermont…Had career highs of 15 points and eight rebounds vs. Rutgers…Majored in general studies.
PERSONAL: Attended Burnage High School in Manchester, England…Played basketball and soccer in high school…Following high school, attended the famed Canaria Basketball Academy in Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain…Spent two seasons in Spain and also played for the Orellana travelling team, serving as team captain.
Manchester, England native Menelik Watson spoke to the media after playing American professional football in his home country for the first time.