Dec 22, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart (7) at the line behind guard Cooper Carlisle (66) and tackle Jared Veldheer (68) and tight end Brandon Myers (83) in the second half. The Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Oakland Raider's Current Offensive Line Last?

Sep 18, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defense lines up against the Oakland Raiders offense during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Raiders 38 – 35. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The big hog-mollies up front are a vital part of every team. In Oakland, the offensive line is the backbone of a power running game. Without good pulls and substantial blocking, Darren McFadden will never get a chance to display his skill set. So, is the Oakland Raider’s current offensive line up to the task?

Jared Veldheer certainly is. The left tackle is without a doubt the leader of this unit. Veldheer will only continue to get batter as seen by his weight room progress in the off-season.

Stefen Wisnewski looks to reprise his starting role at center. He has proved to be a very capable starter, and alongside Veldheer will be an anchor in Oakland for years to come.

Rookie Menelik Watson will be relied on to start in 2013. His raw potential will be like clay for Dennis Allen to sculpt. The kid shows the potential to one day outplay the number one overall pick, Eric Fisher. His play will determine whether Oakland’s offense will be good or great.

With Watson as an anchor at the right tackle position, the two guard spots remain open for competition. Tony Bergstrom and Lucas Nix look to take over for the older generation of guards. Said generation being Khalif Barnes and Mike Brisiel. Any of these four players could find themselves starting.

One thing is for certain. If the injury bug finds its way to Oakland’s line, the season will be in more Jeopardy than Alex Trebek. So, can Reggie McKenzie cut a deal with a low-priced free agent? It would certainly add depth at the very least.

Will Oakland bring in help for the offensive line?

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