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Veldheer is the only certainty on the o-line
"He's a zone purist and I'm not". So said Mr Davis about Tom Cable.
This spells the end of the ZBS in Oakland. We are going to see a return to the power running game in 2011. Therefore there is likely to be a complete overhaul of the offensive line.
Robert Gallery has been the stand-out player for the past two seasons and is a former first round pick by Al Davis, so will be considered for a recall. However, Oakland have paid Gallery as a left tackle and he is now an injury-prone left guard. Yes, I'd love to see him back in Silver and Black, but he may follow his mentor Tom Cable to Seattle.
Jared Veldheer had an excellent rookie season, despite giving up 10 sacks. He got better as the season wore on and made the all-rookie team. His is very coachable and will command a tackle spot in 2011.
Samson Satele is a free agent and has been grown into the role of centre. Whether he has grown enough for Hue Jackson is another point, as he is undersized and liable to be dominated by the bigger nose tackles who play in the 3-4 defenses.
Cooper Carlisle is still under contract and is in the twilight of his career. He's likely to be a back up if he makes the cut.
Bruce Campbell the work-out warrior (how many times have we heard that?) was a bit of an enigma in 2010 - nobody knows if he can play. Tom Cable certainly did not think so, but he is likely to get the chance in 2011.
As I have already mentioned, I think it is likely that Loper and Henderson are retained for depth, although Loper could start at guard until Campbell is ready. Langston Walker could be retained for his size, but I don't see him starting for a championship o-line.
The upshot is that the Raiders will need to recruit new faces to the offensive line. The aging Matt Light and Logan Mankins are both free agents and would bring leadership and knowledge to the group, but they would not come cheap!
Jared Gaither is someone Oakland should target. He finished the 2010 season on injured reserve and lost his left tackle spot to Michael Oher for the Ravens. His is a beast at 6' 9" and 340 lbs and could be the anchor the Raiders need at left tackle, moving Veldheer over to the right side.
The centre position is looking a bit bare, but the perfect solution is to draft Stefan Wisniewski from Penn State in the second round, following in the footsteps of his uncle Steve, who has a great servant to the Raiders.
So my offensive line would be Gaither, Gallery (or Mankins), Wisniewski, Loper (or Campbell) and Veldheer. Power, youth and brute strength