It is safe to say that this year's NFL Draft was not as great as the 2012 draft, with the likes of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III lighting up the draft - and this year only one quarterback was selected on the first day of the NFL Draft, EJ Manuel.

But the great news for Great Britain is that Menelik Watson, who was born in Manchester, was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round.

The draft saw two other English talents try their luck out too, Tom Wort, who is a 20-year-old linebacker from Crawley, and Lawrence Okoye, who people will remember as a London 2012 Olympic discus finalist, both missed out on getting drafted, while Watson was the 10th pick in the second round, meaning he was the 42nd player to be drafted overall.

Watson is 24-years-old and only took up the sport of American Football two years ago and was widely tipped to be selected in the first round.

First round or second round, it will not matter to Melenik who is going to be living a wonderful life as he and his advisors will not negotiate a contract with the Raiders. In the NFL, the minimum salary for every rookie is $405,000 (the equivalent to £262,000).

The story behind Watson's rise to fame is an incredible one to say the least. He went from suffering a broken ankle which led to fears of amputation, followed by Watson realising he will not be fulfilling his life-long ambition of playing in the NBA.

Being brought up in the rough area of Longsight in Manchester, one of the Watson brothers remains in prison, whilst Menelik will be stepping into the world of stardom.

Going from devouring free sachets of tomato ketchup as an impoverished child in inner-city Manchester, to the brink of a multi-million dollar career in the NFL, Menelik Watson's journey thus far has been no short of incredible.

All we an do is wish the former Florida State University star a wonderful and exciting career in the NFL.


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