Raiders rookies Veldheer, Campbell could get chance to start

Posted June 11, 2010 @ 12:27 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET June 12, 2010

After passing on offensive linemen in the 2008 and '09 drafts, even though it was a position of need, the Raiders drafted two O-linemen this year. Oakland selected OT Jared Veldheer in the third round and OT Bruce Campbell, who will move to guard in the pros, in the fourth round. Evaluators considered them developmental prospects who would require some time to adjust, but word is both rookies have a chance to log significant playing time, if not start, this season. Campbell will get a chance to unseat ORG Cooper Carlisle, an 11th-year veteran. Some observers say Carlisle's performance has declined in recent years. Veldheer could eventually slide into the starting lineup at left or right tackle.

Giving new QB Jason Campbell time to throw will be a key for the Raiders, as pass protection has been a major weakness over the past five seasons. Since '05, Oakland has averaged 49.2 sacks allowed. The Colts, who have allowed the fewest sacks in the league in three of the past five seasons, averaged 17 sacks allowed in the same span.

 

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