What a Concept, Upgrade The Trenches and The Team Wins

Since Tom Cable has been named interim head coach he's been preaching the need for upgrading the trenches. Prior to the 2009 NFL Draft he was talking about wanting a Cadillac left tackle and that there were a few in the draft he had his eyes on. Prior to the 2010 Draft he stated there are really only 10 or so really good tackles in the NFL right now, and the position needed to be upgraded along Oakland's offensive line. 

Other times he's discussed the need to upgrade the defensive line as well. Time and again he states the play in the trenches needs to be improved. Finally, during this offseason the Raiders have made enough moves to finally have added some depth, starting ability, and future in the trenches. 

Finally after a couple years of frustration, it appears Cable is finally getting at least some wishes met with some upgrades along the offensive and defensive lines this past offseason through the draft and free agency. 

The Raiders finally replaced Cornell Green with Langston Walker and/or possibly Edwin "Jared" Veldheer, who has the capability of at least being a good starting RT in the league. He's going to have to try to unseat left tackle Mario Henderson before the Raiders will attempt to see him at right tackle unless he's close to beating him out, and the Raiders want him to grow a little and make him sit and learn.

If by the end of training camp or preseason Oakland believes Veldheer is the better left tackle prospect then obviously he should start, but I believe he's going to have a difficult time unseating Sometime Super Mario. If this is the case, Oakland will have to move him to right tackle creating a great group of bookend tackles for the next 10 years provided some time Mario decides to be every time Super Mario, which he's totally capable of after showing everyone he can dominate against the NFL's best defensive ends. 

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