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Raiders Drafting a Center Yes or No?

The argument is and has been about our center. Should we draft a center to move Stefen Wisniewski to guard? Here are some of the best centers coming out. The question is, Alex Parsons our best fix at center or should we draft one of these guys? Should we make some trades and get more picks with our 3rd pick? Even with a weak draft at the center spot. Ive took a look and there are lots of good centers coming out not great but I would like to fix our O Line with a guard or tackle and leave Wiz at center. Most of the centers still need work and the only really good centers to me are Barret Jones, Braxston Cave and T.J. Johnson but I like to see Johnson at guard. I also like Trent Dupy but he just needs a year or two to work on his power and footwork. With no OC yet I would want to go back with that power running because we all know theres a big No in the Zone blocking. Smash mouth football is where the Raiders can still be the Raiders. With all the rules on D we can still be monsters on the O line. I also would love to see Wiz back as the O line coach. We want tuff smart guys that smash and Chance Warmack an Jonathan Cooper are those type of guys. This is really only about the centers but Ill be doing one on guards and tackles soon. So what do you think should we draft a center this year or not and if we do where do you think we should draft these guys. I know I didnt put all the centers out there but I just put the ones I feel that I liked and if you know and like a center thats out there that I didnt add let me know ill do a another one. Theres only one Nation and thats The Raider Nation!

Barrett Jones Alabama c og ot 6'5 300 #75 A two time All American in 2011 2012. He didnt win the Outland trophy this year that went to Luke Joeckel this year but he did win one in 2011. Some players that have won that award in the past are Ndamukong Suh, Glenn Dorsey, Joe Thomas, Bryant McKinnie, John Henderson, Orlando Pace and Jonathan Ogden. Barrett Did it as a Jr, being that its the most prestigious award for interior lineman, it says some thing about Barrett. He also was the Rimington Trophy winner this year. (top center in the nation) I can go on about how many awards Barret Jones has won over his collegiate career. Playing with torn ligaments in his left foot shows how tuff this kid is and getting into the face with his quarterback and making up shows his character on how much he wants to win. What makes him even more wanted on teams is that his versatile and can play anywhere on the line. Most have him as a late first rounder to early secound rounder. This kids a winner and a leader.

Khaled Holmes usc c 6'4 305 #78 Winner of All PAC 12 first team and All PAC 12 Academic first team. He was a Rimington Trophy finalist but that award went to Barrett Jones. This guy had to go heads up with a beast named Star Lotulelei and Star got the best of him. He started out at guard and for the last two season hes been the starting center for USC. He may not be the strongest guy but he does well blocking with guards. Holmes is a better pass blocker than run blocker but is fast enough to reach and block linebackers. You could se him go in the 3rd to 4th round.

Brian Schwenke California c og 6'3 305 #57 All PAC 12 first team, Brick Muller Award (team MVP for lineman) and Cort Majors Award. (Team Captain) Brians durability is why teams are looking at him. He could be a solid back up for most teams. He played 48 games out of 50. He still needs work with his feet. This kid was once ranked number 9 by espns top offensive player coming out of high school. He shows lots of promise once hes in the pros you could see him on the bench for a year. Brian could go in the 3rd to 5th round.

Braxston Cave Notre Dame c og 6'3 304 #52 FBS All Independent first team this year and Third Team All american. What does Cave bring to the table, Leadership. He played very well on a 12-1 team. A 2012 Rimingto Trophy Award finalist. He helped The Irish running game with an avg of 189.4ypg an avg of 4.9. He still needs work getting stonger but has quik feet and shows good pass and run blocking. Where hes a big pluse is he has a love for football and getting better as one. In this draft he could be a still if he falls past the secound round. He could be a late secound to 4th round.

T.J. Johnson South Carolina c og 6'5 320 #55 All SEC secound team. This is a country boy and country strong but still needs to work on his strength. He does have short arms but hes Smart and Nasty and will drive once hes close. Hes a big boy that can play center or guard. A leader on the field and off. I really like this guy. He was born to be a football player. He loves football and loves his family. Where does he go in the draft well most teams will pass on his because hes no vert quick but I could see him playing guard where he could be more of a smash in your face guy. He may go in the 3rd to 6th round. T.J. could be a still if he drops.

dalton freeman clemson c og 6'4 286 #55

patrick lewis texas a&m c 6'2 312 #61

matt stankiewitch penn state c og 6'2 302 #54

ryan turnley pitt c og ot 6'5 322 #75

james ferentz iowa c og 6'2 286 #53

trent dupy tulsa c 6'2 285 #53

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