Manchester's Watson lands dream NFL job after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders
23:56 GMT, 26 April 2013
23:58 GMT, 26 April 2013
'title': 'Manchester's Watson lands dream NFL job after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders',
Manchester-born Menelik Watson was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Watson, who overcame an impoverished
childhood in Longsight before heading stateside via the Canary Islands,
was expected by many to be taken in the first round at New York's Radio
City Music Hall.
Second chance: Manchester-born Menelik Watson (right), seen here with Texas A&M prospect Luke Joeckel at a youth football clinic, is expected to find a club in the second round of the NFL draft tomorrow
Block: Watson (left) in action for Florida State Seminoles back in November
That did not happen, although the offensive tackle did not have to wait long to hear his name called on Friday evening; he was chosen with the 42nd overall pick.
Watson, from Florida State University, joins a team that finished with a 4-12 record last season and are widely tipped to struggle again this year.
For many, not being grabbed on day one when predicted is a disappointment, but that will not be the case with Watson.
Selective: Defensive End Dion Jordan from Oregon was selected third overall by the Miami Dolphins
Speaking prior to learning his fate, he said: 'I am not interested (in where I am drafted).
'Wherever I end up, I'll be happy.
Being talked about as a first-rounder is not a concern of mine. It's all
about going to the team and doing a job.
'The NFL is a totally new animal and a totally different level. Once I get somewhere, I have still got to do a job.'
While it took longer than expected
for Watson's name to come off the board, an early second-round berth is
still a considerable achievement for someone who did not know the
sport's rules two years ago.
Watson will now set his sights on impressing when training camp starts this summer, with a view to earning a starting place.
First pick: Central Michigan's Eric Fisher with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round