It would not be an auspicious start to the 2013-2014 season for the Oakland Raiders if their top two draft picks were both injured.
Offensive lineman Menlik Watson and cornerback D.J. Hayden have both been placed on the non-football injury list, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
Watson was the Raiders’ second round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, and just agreed to terms on a four-year rookie contract on Wednesday.
Watson, a junior last season at Florida State, is 6’5″ and weighs 310 pounds. It is not known what his injury is at this point, but the Raiders can take him off the injury designation at any time.
“He recorded a 27.5-inch vertical jump and 19 strength lifts,” said Gil Brandt of the NFL Network. “Watson played right tackle at Florida State but the feeling is he can play left tackle. He reminds people of boxer Lennox Lewis because of his accent and gold tooth. This is a kid who has only player one year of football. He’s from Manchester, England, and very good offensive lineman.”
The Raiders are already concerned about the health of D.J. Hayden, their first round selection in the draft, and have placed him on the non-football injury list as well.
Hayden is recovering from surgery earlier this offseason that removed scar tissue from his abdomen, and last year, he nearly died when he ruptured his inferior vena cava during practice in college.
The Raiders just locked up Hayden to a rookie contract on Thursday.