Selected by Oakland Raiders in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, April 26, 2013.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Athletic lineman enters his third season with Oakland after being originally selected by the team in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft…Has appeared in 17 games with 12 starts over his first two seasons…Played in 12 games with nine starts in 2014…Appeared in five games with three starts as a rookie.
2014: Played in 12 games, starting nine, before missing the final four weeks of the season with a foot/ankle injury...(9/7) at NYJ: Appeared in the season opener against the Jets, playing primarily on special teams...(9/14) vs. Hou.: Started as an extra offensive lineman in the home opener...Played on offense and appeared on special teams...(9/28) vs. Mia.: Played on both offense and special teams in his homecoming at Wembley Stadium...(10/12) vs. SD: Started at right tackle in place of an injured T/G Khalif Barnes...Helped the offense total 396 yards...Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack for the third time on the season, joining the 1970 Raiders line as only units in franchise history to keep clean sheets in three of the first five games...(10/19) vs. Ari.: Started at right tackle in place of Barnes…(10/26) at Cle.: Started at right tackle...(11/2) at Sea.: Started at right tackle...(11/9) vs. Den.: Part of a line that allowed zero sacks for the fourth game on the year…(11/20) vs. KC: Helped pave the way for a season-high 179 rushing yards in the Raiders’ first win of the season...RB Latavius Murray recorded his first career 100-yard rushing performance…(11/30) at StL.: Started at right tackle before exiting the game with an injury in the second quarter.
2013: Saw action in five games with three starts as a rookie...Was inactive due to injury for the first seven games...Made his NFL debut in Week 9 vs. Philadelphia, seeing action at right tackle...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 right tackle...Helped the offense total 560 yards, the third highest mark in Raiders history...(11/10) at NYG: Made his first NFL start at right tackle, helping Oakland rush for 107 yards...(11/17) at Hou.: Started the game as an extra offensive lineman and rotated in at right tackle throughout...Helped QB Matt McGloin post a 105.9 quarterback 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, following 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 that yielded just 26 sacks on the season…Part of the most productive offense in school history, as the Seminoles racked up a then-program-record 6,591 total yards…Aided a running game that averaged 206.1 yards per contest and produced a program-record 40 rushing TDs…Posted 10 key blocks, including two TD-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, the son of Raider Legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long...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 basketball team, serving as team captain...Ardent supporter of Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League...First name is pronounced MEN-ah-lick.
Manchester, England native Menelik Watson spoke to the media after playing American professional football in his home country for the first time.