Why Oakland Raiders’ First Round Pick Won’t Be an Offensive Tackle

The Oakland Raiders are bringing back offensive linemen Khalif Barnes and Langston Walker next season.

These moves could mean that the Raiders are not looking to add an offensive lineman in the first round. This is interesting because the Raiders offensive line allowed the most sacks per pass attempt last season.

The Raiders did deal with injuries on the offensive line losing Khalif Barnes and Robert Gallery early in the year. Perhaps the Raiders feel confident that Tom Cable can get this unit going, now that he won't be calling plays.

Mario Henderson has been working hard this offseason and looks to start at left tackle. Barnes was brought in last year to compete for the left tackle spot, but an injury took him out of the race.

If the Raiders don't draft an offensive tackle, then what other position would they look at?

The Raiders are currently in need of some help on both sides of the line of scrimmage. There is a gaping hole in the middle of the defense next to Tommy Kelly.

Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy are the top two defensive tackle prospects in the draft. Could the Raiders try and make a move to draft one of these two tackles?

There is also middle linebacker, Ronaldo McClain from Alabama.

The Raiders tendered Kirk Morrison with only a third rounder, which is pretty cheap for a linebacker who has led his team in tackles the past five seasons, and rarely misses a game.

His low tender could mean that the Raiders are ready to move on and McClain is one of the best interior linebackers in the draft.

There is a chance the Raiders may be looking at a defensive end with the number eight pick but those chances are slim.

Most draft experts have the Raiders choosing Anthony Davis or Bruce Campbell. Both offensive tackles and both guys are potential picks, with great athletic ability.

The Raiders have wo...

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