Oakland Raiders' Current Offensive Line Situation
Raider Nation is divided on what the Oakland Raiders should do in the NFL Draft. The team has a lot of depth on their offensive line. I believe in head coach Tom Cable and his abilities to get something out of young linemen.
Why would the Raiders take a tackle with the No. 7 overall pick? It’s not needed as of now. There are two “franchise” tackles the Raiders wouldn't be able to pass on because of talent alone, but due to that talent they won't be available. They are Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe.
Check out the depth the Raiders have on their offensive line and then tell me, seriously, the team needs a offensive tackle like Andre Smith or Michael Oher with the pick when they can use it elsewhere to get an immediate impact. The age used is their age during the season.
Mario Henderson-24 years old, Three-year pro—Untapped potential and late bloomer this past year. In Lane Kiffin’s doghouse, then let loose by Cable. He's shown he can shut big time pass rushers down for a couple of games, not just one. He should take the left tackle spot.
Cornell Green-33 years old, 11-year pro—Backup, arrested last month for domestic violence, likely to get released
Erik Pears-27 years old, Four-year pro—Brought in to compete, young big guy looking for a chance. He should end up backing up the left or right tackle position when needed.
Khalif Barnes-27 years old, Five-year pro—Addition from Jacksonville. Helped the Jaguars lead the league in rushing a couple years back. With a one-year contract, he'll go all out to get a big deal. Should compete for left tackle spot against Henderson with the other guy taking right tackle duties.
Mark Wilson-28 years old, Four-year pro—Practice squad player who hasn't seen any time in a Raiders uniform since he signed in December 2006 from the practice squad.
Cooper Carlisle-32 years old, 10-year pro—Very serviceable veteran holding down the starting right guard spot. He's durable, only missing one game during his three-year stint as a Raider.
Paul McQuistan-26 years old, three-year pro—Versatile big man who's started at right tackle and right guard for the team. He was put on IR in early September this past year and fans have forgotten about him. You can't forget about a former third-rounder because of a recent injury. He can still turn into a solid lineman—if he can stay healthy.
Robert Gallery-29 years old, five-year pro —The once left tackle has found a home at left guard. He's basically eliminated his penalties and continued being more dominant at the position. The team doesn’t even have to worry or think about him in Oakland because he's got it locked down.
John Wade-34 years old, 12-year pro—Veteran center who will now fill in as a backup center/guard when injuries come up.
Samson Satele-24 years old, three-year pro—This guy has not missed a start, being a battery ram against 3-4 defenses in the AFC East. With his agility and durability he should shine in the Raiders’ ZBS scheme. Satele is the team’s current center
Chris Morris-26 years old, four-year pro—Chris is mainly used for spot duty here and there and should be a backup/practice squad player for the Raiders.
Marcus Johnson-27 years old, four-year pro—Was a second round pick of the Vikings in 2005 and couldn't see daylight behind that beast line in Minnesota. They had to think highly of him to pick him that high. He's a swing guy that can play guard/tackle. Let’s see how he does here under Cable.
BJ Raji, Brian Orakpo, and Michael Crabtree need close consideration. It’s just a bit nerve-racking to know that no information has leaked out about these guys visiting Alameda.
News has come out about the Raiders looking at second/third/fourth round talent, but not one in the Top 10.
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