Manchester's Menelik Watson made to wait in NFL Draft

Manchester-born Menelik Watson has not been selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Watson, who overcame an impoverished childhood in Longsight was expected to be taken on the opening day of three at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

The NFL Draft lasts for three days
The NFL Draft lasts for three days Credit: Reuters

But, the offensive tackle, from Florida State, will now have to wait until tomorrow when his name will almost certainly be called in round two.

While not being snaffled at this stage may be something of a disappointment, a second-round berth would still be a considerable achievement for someone who did not know the sport's rules two years ago.

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Manchester-born Menelik Watson has been selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Lawrence Okoye remained undrafted but later announced that he had signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent.