Why The Raiders Must Draft an Offensive Tackle

Nick NasiriCorrespondent IApril 7, 2009

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders watches warmups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

After signing Jeff Garcia to back up quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the Oakland Raiders have several more holes to fill.

But one hole that they cannot ignore is at left tackle.

Most say the Raiders' Mario Henderson is the franchise left tackle. But if that is the case then why didn't he start sooner last year?

Even Kwame Harris beat him out for the job.

The Raiders also need a No. 1 wide out and, in my opinion, Michael Crabtree will not be anything special and that is why they have to go after Torry Holt, a good player who will be a mentor to Chaz Schilens and Johnny Lee Higgins.

The defense also has needs that could be fixed through free agency, or through the other rounds of the draft.

I agree that we have to fix the defensive line, but remember, the Raiders can improve the defense simply by having a better offense.

When you leave your defensive players on the field as long as they did last season, they get worn out much quicker.

So, move Henderson to right tackle and draft a guy like Andre Smith or Micheal Oher who will protect Russell's blindside and open holes for the great runners Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, Justin Fargas, and Louis Rankin.