With Austin Howard moving back to right tackle where he belongs, the Raiders are left with a need at right guard. They didn't add anyone in free agency so they will look to find the answer in the draft. Here are those offensive guard prospects who look to be in the Raiders' sights along with which round the team is likely to consider taking them.
Laken Tomlinson, Duke - Rd 2
This 6-3, 323-pound mauler started 52-straight games over the past four years at Duke. He has also been an Academic All ACC pick his entire college career, and named to the All ACC first team three times. So, he's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it, his teammates love him. He is a people mover in the power running attack and a rush stopper in pass protection. But as big as he is, he tends to struggle with blocking downfield. He won't attract many zone blocking teams. Luckily the Raiders will be a power blocking team which fits his skillset perfectly.
Tre' Jackson, Florida State - Rd 3
If anyone in the NFL right now is familiar with the work of Tre' Jackson, it's Raiders linebackers coach, Sal Sunseri. That's because Sunseri coached the defensive line for Florida State the past two seasons and his players often had to face Jackson in practice every day. During that time, Jackson was named All ACC first team as a junior in 2013 and a consensus All American last year. He has also started 42 straight games. Like Tomlinson, he is a massive human being at 6-4, 325 pounds. He isn't as technically sound as Tomlinson but is every bit as powerful in mauling defenders to open holes in the run game.
John Miller, Louisville - Rd 4
Another long time starter (46) for his squad, Miller is known for his aggressiveness and ‘mean streak'. He is a ‘seek and destroy' type of lineman who finishes off his defenders. We saw that same quality in Gabe Jackson last season with great results. Miller is also quite mobile for his 6-3, 315-pound frame, which makes him an ideal pulling guard who can get to the second level and lead a convoy downfield.
Mark Glowinski, West Virginia - Rd 5
Since last season ended, Glowinski has steadily risen his stock. It started at the East West Shrine game practices where the former JuCo tackle stood out and gave scouts a lot to think about. He further raised his stock at the scouting combine, showing himself to be one of the most athletic big men on the field. The 6-5, 310-pounder adds the element of versatility which the Raiders have valued from Khalif Barnes for six seasons.
Ben Beckwith, Mississippi State- Rd 7
Speaking again of Raiders current left guard Gabe Jackson, how cool would it be for his former Mississippi State linemate to join him with the Raiders? It could happen. Beckwith has just the type of story that suggests a player who will only continue to get better - aka ‘upside'. He came to MSU as a walk-on and by his junior season had earned the starting job at guard opposite Jackson. Then he moved to center due to injuries along the offensive line. He has a lot of holes in his game still, but this 6-4, 317-pounder has come from having no scholarship and earning a roster spot to securing a starting job at two different positions for a top SEC program, to being in the draft conversation. That's upward mobility worth taking a flyer on late in the draft.