The Raiders follow up the Van Dyke head scratcher by trading back up into the third round to take LSU offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale. The Raiders sent a seventh round picks, number 219 overall and their second round pick in 2012 to the New England Patriots to move up and get Barksdale. That leaves them without a second round or a fourth round (Jason Campbell) pick next year. However, they will also get the Patriots fourth round pick, number 125, this year.
The Raiders seem to have taken the approach of knowing exactly what they want in this draft and aggressively going after their guy. They took the fastest guy at the combine yet again with their early round three pick.
Barksdale is one of those high risk, high reward guys we often speak of. He has all the tools to be an elite player on the NFL level but the biggest concern about him is work ethic. Throw in that he went to LSU and people could mistake that statement as being about JaMarcus Russell. But there is a big difference between a quarterback and an offensive tackle. Barksdale is seen as a guy who does the minimum and that minimum will be a lot greater in the NFL so he could rise to the occasion.
Barksdale was a 2010 selection for the second team All-SEC. He is a four year letter winner that started the final 39 games of his college career. On paper, Barksdale has everything you want from a right tackle at the next level.
Barksdale played both left and right tackle for the Tigers and never had a redshirt season, as he played in 14 games as a true freshman. Barksdale has all the tools to be considered a top notch tackle in this draft, but there are some questions surrounding his work ethic. More than likely, this kid will play right tackle for the Raiders and if they can get him to put in the work, he certainly could be one of the steals of the draft.
He initially came to LSU as a defensive tackle and was switched to offensive tackle early on. Barksdale told the story behind the switch.
"When I first got there, the defensive tackle position was pretty deep ... I went to coach Miles early and told him I wanted to help make an impact on the team, and he told me – he knew I would be a pretty good defensive tackle, but he said I could be a pretty good offensive tackle as well and suggested moving to offensive tackle because we were pretty thin at the time. So it was pretty much to help the team out."
He has Long arms, solid mass, and at 6’4” 323 lbs., he fits right into the new power scheme expected to be employed by Hue Jackson this year. There may not be a more experienced offensive tackle in this draft being that Barksdale played against the SEC competition and the players he played against in practice.
Even with all of his experience, Barksdale has only just begun to scratch the surface of his potential. The Raiders coaches are going to have to find a way to convince him that if he works for it, he can be a Pro Bowl-level player in the big leagues.
Hue Jackson wouldn't commit to Barksdale playing tackle although he did say he will play on the right side. Either tackle or guard makes sense for Barksdale. If Langston Walker is not brought back, tackle seems like the obvious position. If not then, whether he plays at guard will depend on how Bruce Campbell's development is coming along.
Barksdale talent isn't as mature as second round pick Stefen Wisniewski, but if the Raiders can get the most out of these two guys along the offensive front then they could have a decent offensive line for the first time in I don’t even remember how long.
They are still in the hunt for guards, as Hue Jackson said Wisniewski will play center for the Raiders. And with trade to acquire the pick they used to get Barksdale, they will have another pick in the fourth round to work with. Aside from these two offensive linemen drafted today, the Raiders only have a handful of offensive lineman under contract for 2011. Getting these guys early in the draft is huge moving forward.
You've got this all wrong. Neither Van Dyke or Barksdale were reaches.
If either of them are, it's probably Barksdale.
Van Dyke only started late in his last year, but he was always projected to go anywhere between 2 and 3.
Most pundits loved the Van Dyke pick. Said the guy has 1st round talent
Anyone that bashes this Raiders draft has no idea how the NFL works!!! The O-line is the key to winning!!! Great draft by the Raiders taking the Wiz, then a DB that Rod Wood will coach up and another big beast for the O-line!!! This was as good a draft as last year and not the same mistake of trying to take a player that is supposed to develop (DHB)!!!!!! These players will help this team right now. I think they learned from that huge mistake of taking DHB at number 7 and know that this team needed O-line to win!!! Very happy with this draft!!!
I like the picks, so far. Big, young bodies for the OL that look to improve. I was hoping to get DVD in the fourth, we seem to hit homeruns in that round. But in the end, we get a corner that is 6-1 and will not worry about getting beat deep. J.Ware and W.McFadden both have to play perfect technique because they don't have elite catchup speed. Willie Brown and Rod Woodson coaching this kid, yeah the best coaching he will ever get at any level. He's a project, but worth the chance in the 3rd.
Mcelroy is a career backup in the NFL. He couldn't even look special with that running game and a beast like Julio Jones, who is the next T.O. without the baggage. He is a game manager who'll needs a great defense to win in the NFL and won't get picked until the 6th or 7th round due to his smarts, not ability. Plus his arm isn't strong enough. Not a good fit outside the WC offense.
A pretty good draft so far. I was really pulling for Kaepernick, but the Raiders could not pull off that trade with New England. And with the 49ers moving up to select him, it made it even more painful to watch.... Hopefully, the Raiders will select a quarterback in the later rounds. McElroy from Alabama would be a good fit. Nice to see the Raiders drafting (2) offensive linemen. We need all the help we can get at the oline, and Wisniewski and Barksdale should fit in nicely, especially Wisniewski, who brings great versatility.
van dyke is Stanford Routt's scrawny younger brother and Barksdale sounds like Langston Walker's brother
people are complaining about the picks, but we picked for need not best player, which is what you have to do sometime. rod wood will help with van dykes development. he needs about 10 to 15 more pounds on his body. with the corners that were left, he was one of the best and has the most upside. its up to our coaching staff to get him nfl ready. we need o-line help bad, and we took it. little wiz is a little small, but his tenacity is way more than satele's, plus he can play guard too. would like to see us get a good vet olineman in fa, if it ever starts, and im still not sold on our other lb spot (goethel). overall, i give our picks so far a b-. alot of people may disagree, but remember were drafting for need, not cause mel kiper said we should pick someone else.
Prototypical left tackle = 310
Prototypical guard = 315
Prototypical centre = 300
Jeff Saturday = 303 lbs
Wisniewski: 313 lbs
i don't get how he's "smallish" ... i compare him to Jeff Saturday in many respects. Jeff wasn't the strongest, but he made up for it with intelligence. Stef has that 10 fold.
6'5 and 313 is probably pretty close to being the biggest centre in the entire league. In fact I'm sure he will be the biggest starting centre in the league.
Maurkice Pouncey is 6'4 and 304 as an example.
A lot of starting centres are under 300. Not that many are actually over 300.
This has been a great draft for the Raiders so far!!! The O-line was the key issue to address. Every Raider fan knows that the O-line has not been addressed in recent years with the exception of Veldheer. The NFL is won through the O-line!!! A great example of this is the Steelers, they always address the O-line in the draft. It is what keeps your team in the game late. Every good team in the NFL starts with a good O-line. It is the most important part of the team.
Im disappointed in those first three picks. The good news is that we are picking the right positions but the choices are all ones we could have made a round later (at least) ... god only knows why we took van dyke in Rd3 ... he would have been there in Rd4 or 5 or 6... and then we actually trade up for Barksdale ... jeez .... even little Wiz would likely have been there in Rd3 .... we seem to do this every season (notable exception of last season ... which is now looking like an aberration) and it is painful to watch
@oaklandraider The trade up was instigated by New England. The Patriots were looking to stockpile future picks like they always do and knew they would have a willing trade partner with the Raiders. Getting a third and fourth this year for a two next year is not a bad deal. You know if the Raiders reached out to the Pats, they wouldn't have given up two mid round picks. The Raiders would have been shafted.
as i thought, they went Oline heavy. very good day. Van Dyke is a not a suprise. he may not have been there when they pick next... Al didn't want to risk it. Barksdale is exciting. I hope he can play RT and Walker can move inside(if he doesn't retire i guess. can't see why he would) ... Veldheer, Loper, Wis Kid, Walker, Barksdale ... dunno how i feel about that line. we need a LT. maybe Barksdale can compete with Veldheer? i bet he could. played LT his whole collegiate career... has very long arms and is pretty polished.
Veldheer to RT and Barksdale to LT!! DO IT HUE!!
@DARKKUSH Why move Veldheer? The kid had a pretty solid rookie outing at LT against some of the leagues best. I like the Barksdale pick but I'm not sold on Loper. I would like to see Campbell because he is a beast. I think we're one good OL away from domination. I don't want to count out Satele.
Satele is finished as our starting Center. Wiskid will outplay him.
Veldheer has very short arms and CANNOT handle bullrushers. that became apparent early last year. this year he faces Mathews, Peppers, Allen, Wake, Dumervil(twice) ... it's hard to see him protecting JC in these games. i hope we add more players to compete with him when FA starts. Jared could most likely be a BEASTLY LG if given the opportunity in Gallerys stead. i'm just worried about the spot and Barksdale is playing on the rightside. all there is at LG at the moment is Campbell and Loper ... we need to add more solid players to get JC the protection he needs.