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Jared Veldheer (No. 68)
The anchor of the Raiders’ offensive line is at left tackle in Jared Veldheer. Veldheer has progressed consistently since being selected in the third round of the 2010 draft, and is now one of the Raiders’ players to build around for the future.
Khalif Barnes (No. 69)
Currently penciled in as the starting right tackle, Khalif Barnes could see work at several different positions on the offensive line this season. whichever way the depth chart works out, his veteran presence and experience will be important for a young group up front.
Menelik Watson (No. 71)
The Raiders’ second-round selection of the 2013 draft, Menelik Watson, has an extremely high ceiling due to his physical abilities. As such a raw prospect, he may not be expected to win a starting role coming out of camp, but it can’t be ruled out either. Should Watson be able to win the starting right tackle position, moving Khalif Barnes to left guard could make for the best possible alignment.
Alex Barron (No. 77)
A former first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams, Alex Barron has spent time with several teams since being traded to Dallas following the 2009 season. If Barron makes the Raiders’ final roster, it will be solely for depth purposes.
Willie Smith (No. 79)
Willie Smith is another of the offensive tackles that will compete for a backup role in camp. He may be on the outside looking in given the switch to a power-blocking scheme, but that will play itself out in the preseason.
John Wetzel (No. 73)
With the Raiders’ lack of answers to some depth questions at offensive tackle, undrafted free agent John Wetzel could be a surprise candidate to earn a roster spot. A productive player at Boston College, Wetzel should get heavy practice squad consideration if nothing else.
Mike Brisiel (No. 65)
When the Raiders made it known they would be abandoning the zone-blocking scheme, many assumed that meant Mike Brisiel would not be in the plans moving forward. After restructuring his contract, it became clear that was not the case, and he will be the favorite to start again at right guard.
Tony Bergstrom (No. 70)
After a rookie season in which he did not see much of the field, Tony Bergstrom should get his opportunity to win the starting left guard position outright in training camp. There will be several players competing for the spot, but the early advantage will go to the 2012 third-round selection.
Lucas Nix (No. 76)
A 2012 undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh, Lucas Nix may just be ready to compete for a starting spot in 2013. Nix possesses both the size and strength to be a productive player in Greg Olson’s power-blocking system, and could push the starters at either of the guard positions.
Jason Foster (No. 62)
Jason Foster was signed to the Raiders’ practice squad half way through the 2012 season, and remains on the roster heading into the 2013 training camp. With the number of players ahead of him at the interior offensive line, the competition will be tough to make the final roster, but he will remain practice squad eligible as well.
Lamar Mady (No. 63)
An undrafted free agent out of Youngstown State, Lamar Mady brings the Raiders’ offensive line some very valuable versatility. Playing tackle, guard and center in college, Mady could play any of the three at the next level, only increasing his ability to fit where the Raiders may need him. If nothing else, he could be a practice squad candidate at least to start.
Stefen Wisniewski (No. 61)
Much like Jared Veldheer, Stefen Wisniewski is a young Raiders’ lineman that has already established himself as a productive NFL player. The Raiders will continue to build their interior offensive line around him at center, and should be in good shape for quite a few years as a result.
Alex Parsons (No. 67)
When Stefen Wisniewski missed time at the beginning of last season, Alex Parsons played well as his replacement. Those performances showed Parsons’ capability to play at the NFL level, and he can be considered a quality backup to have at all three interior line positions.
Andrew Robiskie (No. 66)
Andrew Robiskie, son of former Raider Terry Robiskie, was a Raiders 2013 undrafted free agent as an interior offensive lineman out of Western Illinois. Again, as is the case with several other players, a crowded position group ahead of him will make for a tough road to making the final roster.