NFL Draft: Interior line already the strength of Raiders roster


There’s no debate when it comes to the Raiders’ top position group. It’s the interior offensive line.

Position coach Mike Tice said last summer of the Raiders’ trio of center Rodney Hudson, left guard Kelechi Osemele and right guard Gabe Jackson: “Those three guys as a trio there could be as good as any three guys I’ve been blessed to coach.”

And that was before Osemele and Hudson earned their first Pro Bowl nods (Jackson was named an alternate) and Osemele was named a first-team All-Pro selection.

The Raiders also have some solid backups in Jon Feliciano, Vadal Alexander and Denver Kirkland that can play multiple spots on the offensive line and be counted upon.

That’s not to say the Raiders absolutely won’t take anybody, but it probably wouldn’t be until Day 3 and it could be an uphill battle to earn a roster spot.

The Top Five:

1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky (6-4, 309) — A college tackle who projects inside because of his height and length of arms. Sound technically, Lamp’s most eye-opening performances came against SEC competition in non-league games against LSU (2015) and Alabama (2016). Missed Senior Bowl with high ankle sprain but considered durable and dependable.

2. Dan Feeney, Indiana (6-4, 305) — Helped pave the way for future NFL runners Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard in college, Feeney has good quickness and explosion. There is a concern that playing in an up-tempo system at Indiana will slow his development. There were issues with a concussion in 2016 and he missed an entire season with a Lisfranc injury in 2013.

3. Dion Dawkins, Temple (6-4, 314) — Coaches and personnel types like the fact that Dawkins spent four seasons in a pro-style offense in a three-point stance. Although a 40-game starter at left tackle for the Owls, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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NFL Draft: Interior line already the strength of Raiders roster


There’s no debate when it comes to the Raiders’ top position group. It’s the interior offensive line.

Position coach Mike Tice said last summer of the Raiders’ trio of center Rodney Hudson, left guard Kelechi Osemele and right guard Gabe Jackson: “Those three guys as a trio there could be as good as any three guys I’ve been blessed to coach.”

And that was before Osemele and Hudson earned their first Pro Bowl nods (Jackson was named an alternate) and Osemele was named a first-team All-Pro selection.

The Raiders also have some solid backups in Jon Feliciano, Vadal Alexander and Denver Kirkland that can play multiple spots on the offensive line and be counted upon.

That’s not to say the Raiders absolutely won’t take anybody, but it probably wouldn’t be until Day 3 and it could be an uphill battle to earn a roster spot.

The Top Five:

1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky (6-4, 309) — A college tackle who projects inside because of his height and length of arms. Sound technically, Lamp’s most eye-opening performances came against SEC competition in non-league games against LSU (2015) and Alabama (2016). Missed Senior Bowl with high ankle sprain but considered durable and dependable.

2. Dan Feeney, Indiana (6-4, 305) — Helped pave the way for future NFL runners Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard in college, Feeney has good quickness and explosion. There is a concern that playing in an up-tempo system at Indiana will slow his development. There were issues with a concussion in 2016 and he missed an entire season with a Lisfranc injury in 2013.

3. Dion Dawkins, Temple (6-4, 314) — Coaches and personnel types like the fact that Dawkins spent four seasons in a pro-style offense in a three-point stance. Although a 40-game starter at left tackle for the Owls, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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