By way of Florida State, Watson was taken with a second-round pick by the Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft.
During his rookie campaign, Watson started just three games but followed it up with nine starts and 12 appearances in 2014. For a stint, Watson looked to be a promising young player going in the 2015 campaign, but went on to tear his Achilles tendon costing him the entire year. His injury history lingered in 2016, in what amounted to be another disappointing year.
According to Pro Football Focus’s player grades, Watson was one of the worst tackles in all of football last season. He ranked No. 56 overall with a PFF grade of 49.4 (48.8 pass blocking and 55.4 run blocking), placing him squarely into the grading site’s failing range.
As such, Raider Nation should not be too worried about losing Watson.
The time has clearly come for general manager Reggie McKenzie to set his sights on a clear upgrade at right tackle by way of free agency, or more likely, the 2017 NFL draft.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.