The Oakland Raiders have long had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, a problem they have been trying to fix ever since drafting Robert Gallery way back in the 2004 NFL draft. Since taking over responsibilities for drafting as the Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has taken two offensive tackles in two consecutive drafts and neither one appears destined to anchor an end of the Raiders offensive line any time soon.
Both Tony Bergstrom and Menelik Watson have had injury issues and have not shown enough to earn starting spots, let alone much playing time with the team. Bergstrom, McKenzie’s first ever draft pick with the Raiders may not make it through another season with the Raiders after failing to move up the depth chart at guard or tackle. And now, Watson, the British born basketball player with only a few years of experience playing football, may already be out of favor with the Raiders.
According to Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area, the Raiders coaching staff is concerned after just one season with the team that Watson “might not have it”. This is rather big news since many had hoped Watson could be the answer the Raiders have been looking for at right tackle. The Raiders still need to re-sign left tackle Jared Veldheer, but assuming they do, they still need another book end to anchor the right side of the line.
If Watson is not that guy, it means the Raiders will have to add yet another piece to their long list of needs heading into this off season.