Originally Posted by BAT
Agreed. Watson was one of my pet cats but I am amazed at how quickly and how high he is rising. The guy has barely 2 years of football experience, at any level. One year at JC and another year with FSU.
He is extremely athletic and has the frame to get much bigger. He can run and play in space. He is light on his feet probably due to his basketball background. Has boxing experience too so has naturally heavy hands.
He is the dreaded P word - potential, because he is so raw. He is smart, coachable and has a great work ethic but he lacks football instincts because the game is so new to him and he's a Brit. Should be more likely to succeed in a zone blocking scheme.
I went back and reviewed some Florida State games that I had saved on TIVO when I was "scouting" their DEs.
I have one word for Menelik Watson: Wow.
You expect the athleticism from a from a Basketball player; however, you would normally expect them to be lacking in strength/power. This is definitely not the case for Watson. He is very powerful and as expected very athletic. In addition, he is not nearly as raw as you might expect for a player with only 2 years of football experience.
I would love for the Cowboys to get him. He could compete with Parnell at RT and if Parnell wins the job as I expect (I expect Parnell to beat just about any rookie that might come in) then Watson would make an excellent OG that could move back to OT at anytime.
It would be great if he was available at #47, but that's beginning to look doubtful.