Family Ties: Raiders Draft Stefen Wisniewski

Al Davis always gets his man.

This is unless that man is Colin Kaepernick and the 40-Whiners jump in front of the Raiders to nab the Nevada thrower.

But that is neither here nor there.

What is here and now is that Stefen Wisniewski will be learning the pro game under the careful tutelage of his uncle as the Raiders selected the former Nittany Lion with the 48th pick in the 2011 draft.

Since folks first starting mocking the draft way back when the NFL season ended most had Wisniewski on the Raider Radar. And why not? Wisniewski immediately fills an area of need as he figures to be a starter at either the center or one of the guard positions.

With Robert Gallery gone, Samson Satele in limbo and Cooper Carlisle on his last legs, there are three job openings Wisniewski will have the opportunity to compete for.

Since the Darrius Heyward-Bey shocker three drafts ago, the Raiders have taken a more sensible approach to drafting. In a year when they had no first round pick the Raiders have found great value in Wisniewski, a player that at one point was seen a late first rounder.

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Tags: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured Colin Kaepernick Cooper Carlisle Darrius Heyward-Bey Robert Gallery Samson Satele Stefen Wisniewski

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