Starter: Rodney Hudson
Depth: Jon Feliciano, Oni Omoile
Hudson was the first big ticket item the Raiders made once they had gotten out from under their bad contracts and had some money to spend. They moved on from former center Stefen Wisniewski with their sights set on Hudson; making him the NFL’s highest paid center.
The veteran center’s chemistry with Derek Carr has been crucial to the Raiders success since then, including flawless snapping duties, being the best blocking center in the league and part of a brute squad in the middle of the offensive line for the Raiders 6th ranked rush offense. He was the starting center in the Pro Bowl last year with his teammate Kelechi Osemele by his side.
Feliciano was drafted in the fourth round in 2015 as a guard. He was unable to break through and take the starting right guard job as a rookie, and after the team signed Osemele and moved Gabe Jackson to right guard, that ended any chance he would have of ever getting that job. His best shot was to become the team’s backup center, which also makes him a utility interior offensive lineman.
Behind Feliciano is second year undrafted Oni Omoile, who is the cousin of Osemele. Omoile spent last season on the team’s practice squad and returns again as the third team center.
Hudson is a Pro Bowler and one of the team’s invaluable foundation pieces. Feliciano may not be a starter, but you could do worse than to have him available as a backup. And having Omoile there means the same center depth chart two seasons in a row means continuity.
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