With The 8th Pick The Oakland Raiders Don't Select an Offensive Tackle

big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIIMarch 21, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Representatives of the Oakland Raiders wait for the start of the 2007 NFL Draft on April 28, 2007 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Everbody knows that the offensive line played a big part in why the Oakland Raiders' offense didn't "go" last season.  A lot were quick to place the blame on our franchise QB for our offensive woes.  What I seen was an offense struggling because of the  inconsistent offensive line play.  Our best lineman, Robert Gallery, missed most of the season with injuries.  The games he did play, however, the offense seemed to have some life.  We also didn't really get a chance to see what Khaliff Barnes, possibly our 2nd best lineman, can bring to the table.  He was a solid starting tackle for the Jaguars and their dominant running game.  If he can stay healthy and return to form, he should be able to hold down one of the tackle positions.

Most seem to think we need to draft the best tackle available with our first pick.  I wouldn't mind drafting a tackle at #8 as long as he didn't play at Maryland.  Bruce Campbell is a project and needs a lot of work to be a starting caliber tackle in the NFL.  I previosly posted an article on why the Raiders wouldn't select a tackle with their first pick.  The reasons were: 1. Barnes and Henderson  2.  We need a DT  3.  Tom Cable thinks he can find ZBS lineman in later rounds.

#3 is starting is already starting to materialize

The Raiders have upcoming workouts with two offensive line prospects.  Both would be mid to late round picks.  The first is scheduled for Monday, March 22.  Offensive line coach Jim Michalczik will fly to Fortworth, TX and conduct a workout with TCU tackle Nic Richmond.  He has great size at 6'8" 322 lbs and has good footwork for a man his size.  He, like Campbell, would be a project but wouldn't be nearly as co$tly. 

We also have a workout scheduled with Boston College center Mathew Tennant.  He is durable with 41 consecutive starts for the Golden Eagles and also was their team captain last year.  The 6'5" 300 pounder is very quick and agile.  With his athleticism he is projected to be able to play C, G, or RT.  His versatility make him an intriguing prospect.  The Giants and Patriots have Tennant on their radar as well.  If anything he'd provide us with quality depth but he also has the tools to take over at RG. 

Well that's all I have for now.  Til next time . . . .  RAIDERS4LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!