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MIAMI - 2007:  Samson Satele of the Miami Dolphins poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Getty Images)
big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIIMarch 23, 2009

Doesn't he just look like a Raider?

In another move to shore up the offensive line, the Oakland Raiders traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Dolphins for C Samson Satele.

Samson Satele started 53 games during his collegiate career at Hawaii.  He mainly played at center, but also saw time at both guard positions.  He earned all-WAC honors every year and all-WAC First Team in '05 and '06.  The Dolphins drafted him in the second round of the '07 draft.

Miami obviously thought Jake Grove was a better center for their system, but I think he is an upgrade at center for the Raiders.  Jake Grove's injury report is thick as a phone book. 

Samson Satele has proved to be very durable with 53 starts in college and 32 starts since becoming a pro.  He also started all eight preseason games for the Dolphins, Satele brings stability to the position.

The Hawaiian born center stands 6'3", 300 lbs.  He brings versatility to the Raiders' O-line as he has experience at G and C.  He was projected to move to G if he stayed with the Dolphins, but he will be our starting C going into the season. 

The move also opens the door for the Raiders to go D-line or LB in the second round instead of targeting a C like Alex Mack or Max Unger.

I like how the Raiders keep adding to the trenches.  Satele is only 24-years-old with 32 career starts.  We most likely acquired him for a pick on the second day of the draft which would be fourth, sixth, or seventh.  I'm thinking sixth or seventh or maybe a late round pick from the '10 draft.  Who knows?  We'll all find out soon enough.

Now it's time to focus on the D-line in the NFL Draft.

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