Oakland Raiders: Should Jared Veldheer Be Moved from Left Tackle? (Part One)

This article is part one in a two-part series.

In 2010, the Oakland Raiders had one of, if not, the worst offensive line in the NFL.

Maybe it was due to the lack of a true center. Maybe it was because of an aging right tackle. Maybe it was because their best lineman was injured for half of the year. Or, maybe it was due to the starting left tackle being a division II rookie.

That starting left tackle was Jared Veldheer.

Veldheer, an athletic freak of nature, was drafted in Round 3 of the 2010 NFL draft. Entering the league, he was considered a guy who could take a year or two to develop and then eventually become one of the best in the game.

Instead, Veldheer was thrust into action as a center. He stands at a staggering 6'9", so that project ended rather quickly. He then kicked out to left tackle where he spent the rest of the 2010 NFL season.

In my opinion, Veldheer played better than I expected. He did look extremely overwhelmed at times, but I expected him to be terrible as a starter in the rookie season. Instead, he held his own most of the time.

Veldheer is a beast of a run blocker who needs to polish his pass-blocking skills. If he can do that, he'll be a fine football players for years.

If not, he'll find himself out of the league rather quickly if he chooses to continue to play left tackle.

Some in Raider Nation have suggested Veldheer be moved from his left tackle position so we can get a "true" franchise left tackle. I question this theory, but that is for the next article.

What I'm asking is for the Raider Nation to tell me in the comment section below whether or not they think that Veldheer should be moved this year. If so, why? If not, why? Thanks. I'll follow up this article with a slideshow.

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