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Menelik Watson
Season 2012/13

City fan Menelik Watson picked in NFL draft

  • 27 April 2013 09:45
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Mancunian and City fan Menelik Watson was taken by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Growing up in Longsight, the 24–year-old went to the United States to attempt a professional basketball career, and it was only in 2011 that the massive Blues fan gave American Football a try.

After just one season with Florida State University, the offensive tackle has been selected by the Raiders with the 42nd overall pick to play in the NFL, and will be hoping to clinch a starting berth when the season starts in September.

Speaking before he was picked, Watson 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."

Congratulations, Menelik!

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