The NFL Draft is crapshoot. No matter how much preparation that goes into evaluating a draft class, in the end it’s all a roll of the dice. So when it comes to evaluating talent that already has an NFL resume the gamble becomes much different.
That brings us to the first offensive addition made to the Silver and Black this offseason. Today the Raiders announced the signing of veteran offensive tackle Alex Barron.
Once upon a time Barron was one of those calculated rolls of the dice when the St. Louis Rams selected him 19th overall out of Florida State in the ’05 draft. Today Barron is real reach for Oakland a team looking to shore up an O-line that underperformed last season.
After being a starter for most of this pro career Barron has become an NFL afterthought starting just one game for the Cowboys in 2010 before missing all of 2011 due to injury and sitting out 2012 after failing to make the Seahawks roster coming out of camp.
At 6’7” Barron is an imposing figure. He’s also a human penalty machine which would make him an ideal fit for previous versions of the Raiders.