Draft Capsule: OT Menelik Watson

Draft Capsule: OT Menelik Watson
April 17, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

Menelik Watson (OT), Florida State 

6-5 | 310 lbs. 

Projection:

1st Round 

Strengths:

Watson may have the most upside of any offensive lineman in his current class after only having a few years of football under his belt. Has great size and his athleticism is off the charts. Uses his speed to get to the second level. Plays with physicality, imposing his will to punish his opponents. Great length and long arms to extend his arms on defensive lineman. High motor and is rarely seen taking a play off. Studies film and is always looking to become a better player. 

Weaknesses:

Still very raw and has only played american football for two years. Inconsistent at times. Needs to get better with his hand placement. Still learning blocking schemes and techniques. Isn't the best at recognizing blitzes and stunts. At 25-years-old, his age isn't ideal for a top prospect. 

Fit for Bears:

Phil Emery has brought in Jermon Bushrod and re-signed Jonathan Scott to help bolster the Bears deficiencies at offensive tackle, but that may night steer the front office from selecting a tackle in the first round. The 2013 class is top heavy at OT and if a guy like Watson is on the board, he may be too difficult to pass. The former Florida State lineman has tremendous upside and possesses the ability to play either right or left tackle and could become a key cog on Chicago's O-line.