Nov. 19, 2011; Pullman, WA, USA; Utah Utes offensive linemen Tony Bergstrom (70) sings the Utah fight song after a 30-27 victory over the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Raiders Draft Tony Bergstrom To Close Third Round


Hopefully the Raiders saved the best for last. With the 95th and final pick of the third round of the 2012 draft Oakland grabbed Utah offensive tackle Tony Bergstrom. If you read JBB then you’ve already seen the book on Bergstrom. We had him pegged as a potential target to become one of the first members of Reggie McKenzie’s inaugural draft class.

Oakland will be getting a versatile and experienced lineman. Bergstrom was as a three years starter at Utah his final season a sackless campaign in the debut season for the Utes in the PAC 12.  He will likely get a look at guard but the right tackle position is ripe for a good camp battle and it just so happens that’s where Bergstrom spent most of his time in Salt Lake.

The concerns relate to health and age. He’s had some knee surgery and due to a religious commitment he’s a couple years ahead of most of his fellow classmate (not you, Brandon Weeden).

Obviously we won’t be able to properly grade this pick until he puts on some pads but the immediate reaction is that it’s a quality pick at a position of need. McKenzie said all along the Raiders are looking for depth and Bergstrom could give them that at multiple positions on the O-line. The added bonus being he will bolster competition pushing guys like Joe Barksdale for reps as a backup with the high hope being he could go toe to toe with either Khalif Barnes or Cooper Carlisle as a starter.

Tags: 2012 NFL Mock Draft Brandon Weeden Cooper Carlisle Joseph Barksdale Khalif Barnes Reggie McKenzie Tony Bergstrom