The Raiders made some good moves this off-season. Trading for Jason Campbell, releasing JaMarcus Russell and drafting LB Rolando McClain were all moves in the right direction for a team that has lost at least 11 games each of the last 7 years. But did they do enough to address their most glaring need - the offensive line?
After completely ignoring the offensive line in the last 4 drafts, the Raiders took potential starters in the 3rd and 4th rounds. 3rd round pick Jared Veldheer was dominating college tackle, but he played at Division II Hilldale College. Although he was impressive on tape and in pre-draft workouts, it's a huge jump from DII to the pros and it's hard to imagine him being a solid starter as a rookie. 4th round pick Bruce Campbell was the star of the combine after running a 4.85 40. Campbell has the physical tools to develop into a starter, probably at guard, but is far from a finished product.
Veldheer and Campbell wouldn't be expected to start for most teams, but the Raiders have very little talent on the line. LT Mario Henderson started strong last year, but faded by mid-season. Robert Gallery, a former #2 overall pick, washed out at tackle and is barely holding on at guard. The rest, Sampson Satele, Cooper Carlisle, Chris Morris, Langston Walker, etc, are mostly journeymen.
Veldheer and Campbell might someday develop into reliable starters. In an ideal situation, they would sit for a couple of years behind veterans before the team needed them to step up. But the Raiders have ignored the position for so long, they may not have any choice but to throw one or even both into the starting lineup on opening day.