When Eric Fisher wowed ‘em at the Senior Bowl in late January, it became clear that the Central Michigan product was out of reach for the Rams in the NFL draft.

A month later at the NFL Scouting Combine, it was adios to Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson after Johnson put on one of the best workouts on record for an offensive tackle.

Luke Joeckel? No chance. From the moment he turned pro, the Texas A&M behemoth was a potential No. 1 overall pick.

So if the Rams are seeking an offensive tackle with one of their two first-round picks, they may have to look across the Atlantic so to speak for help.

Namely, Menelik Watson, a native of Manchester, England, and a late comer to the sport of American football. A former Rams lineman with European roots, Tom Nutten, has helped get Watson ready for the NFL during the pre-draft process.

The underrated Nutten was a starting guard on both Rams Super Bowl teams in St. Louis. Former Rams line coach Jim Hanifan still raves about the job Nutten did on Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp of Tampa Bay in the 1999 season’s NFC championship.

“I think I was a decent athlete, certainly average of strength and size,” Nutten said. “But I relied a lot on my technique, and that’s one of the things I certainly like to pass on – that even if you have everything, technique will get you from a good player to a great player.”

Nutten tried to pass on some of that technique to Menelik as a coach at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. It’s the fourth year Nutten, who lives in the area, has coached the 10-12 week sessions at IMG leading up to the Combine. In his first year there, Nutten worked with Indiana University offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, who went to the Rams as a second-round pick in 2010.

“Coach Nutten’s given me the expression: ‘Put tools in the tool belt,’ ” Watson said. “Arm myself with as much technique as I can have. So when presented with a situation, I can reach in the tool belt and use a new technique to (help) my situation on the field.”

So far, Watson has been a quick study. He came to America in 2009 on a basketball scholarship to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. But things didn’t go well, and with a daughter to support, Watson made a radical switch over to football in 2011, heading cross-country to Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, Calif.

He had never played American football before. Didn’t even know how to put his pads on. After one year at Saddleback, a junior college where his teammate was Kyle Long – the younger brother of Rams defensive end Chris Long – Watson transferred to Florida State and made 12 starts last season. He showed enough athleticism and raw talent that despite his lack of football experience, he’s projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick in next week’s draft.

Watson is one of five known offensive linemen to make a pre-draft visit to Rams Park, joining guard/tackle Kyle Long who transferred to Oregon from Saddleback, tackle D.J. Fluker of Alabama, guard Larry Warford of Kentucky, and tackle Oday Aboushi of Virginia.