With the start of training camp just days away, the Oakland Raiders have now secured all but one of their draftees. Late Monday, the team announced that second round pick Lamarr Houston had aggraded to terms well in time for the defensive lineman from Texas to be in attendance for the first day of camp.
Houston’s intensity level during offseason OTA’s is well documented in Vittorio Tafur’s piece that appeared in the chronicle over the weekend. For a run defense that has been struggling mightily to improve over the past 7 years, perhaps the upstart rookie’s eagerness will be just the breath of fresh air this team so desperately needs up front.
In addition to his all-out mentality, Houston brings more versatility to the defensive line. The 44th pick in the 2010 draft is capable of playing both tackle and end positions though ,by most accounts, it appears he’ll spend the bulk of his time playing defensive end in Oakland.
Now the clock begins to tick on Rolando McClain. Should other first round picks begin to sign in the next day, it would indicate a strong chance of McClain and the Raiders actually striking a deal prior to the opening of camp. Otherwise, the Raiders will be opening camp without their starting middle linebacker.