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Raiders Stay on the Line; Take OL Joseph Barksdale in Round Three

Another pick – another offensive linemen.

The Raiders look to rebuild their O-line continued on Friday night as the team took Joseph Barksdale, an offensive linemen from LSU. The big guy is 6 foot 5 and comes in at 325 pounds.

Here’s the lowdown on the new Raider OL from Walter Football:

I don’t understand why Barksdale isn’t more well regarded as a 2011 NFL Draft prospect nationally, but I really don’t care. I have watched a lot of tape on the most lauded 2010 NFL Draft tackle prospects, and Barksdale’s games are easily the best. He has a very high upside and has the raw talent to be an elite left tackle in the NFL with the prototype technique to boot. He needs to prove he can man the blind side as a senior at LSU, but I think when it’s all said and done, he will at least go in the first two rounds.

I have questions with Barksdale (pure speculation on my part) because he seems to miss a block or two per game, and I’m slightly concerned about his intelligence. That said, I’m giving Barksdale a first-round grade to start the 2010 season and he’s my No. 1 offensive tackle prospect for the 2011 NFL Draft.

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