Breaking News: Oakland Raiders Acquire Center

big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIIMarch 23, 2009

MIAMI - 2007:  Samson Satele of the Miami Dolphins poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Getty Images)

Doesn't he just look like a Raider?

In another move to shore up the offensive line, the Oakland Raiders traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Dolphins for C Samson Satele.

Samson Satele started 53 games during his collegiate career at Hawaii.  He mainly played at center, but also saw time at both guard positions.  He earned all-WAC honors every year and all-WAC First Team in '05 and '06.  The Dolphins drafted him in the second round of the '07 draft.

Miami obviously thought Jake Grove was a better center for their system, but I think he is an upgrade at center for the Raiders.  Jake Grove's injury report is thick as a phone book. 

Samson Satele has proved to be very durable with 53 starts in college and 32 starts since becoming a pro.  He also started all eight preseason games for the Dolphins, Satele brings stability to the position.

The Hawaiian born center stands 6'3", 300 lbs.  He brings versatility to the Raiders' O-line as he has experience at G and C.  He was projected to move to G if he stayed with the Dolphins, but he will be our starting C going into the season. 

The move also opens the door for the Raiders to go D-line or LB in the second round instead of targeting a C like Alex Mack or Max Unger.

I like how the Raiders keep adding to the trenches.  Satele is only 24-years-old with 32 career starts.  We most likely acquired him for a pick on the second day of the draft which would be fourth, sixth, or seventh.  I'm thinking sixth or seventh or maybe a late round pick from the '10 draft.  Who knows?  We'll all find out soon enough.

Now it's time to focus on the D-line in the NFL Draft.

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