Oakland Raiders: 5 realistic expectations this season

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OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 4: Center Rodney Hudson No. 61 and guard Gabe Jackson No. 66 of the Oakland Raiders prepare to snap the ball in the second quarter on December 4, 2016 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders won 38-24. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 4: Center Rodney Hudson No. 61 and guard Gabe Jackson No. 66 of the Oakland Raiders prepare to snap the ball in the second quarter on December 4, 2016 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders won 38-24. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

Four Pro Bowlers on the offensive line

To say the Raiders have a solid offensive line would be an understatement, as they are pretty stacked across the board. While rookie Kolton Miller will be making his first NFL start in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, the rest of the unit has a ton of experience, and have a chance to do something special in 2018.

During the 2017 season, the Raiders sent three offensive linemen to the Pro Bowl, as it was one of the only units on the team that did not underachieve. Tackle Donald Penn, center Rodney Hudson, and guard Kelechi Osemele were all Pro Bowlers, and they should all receive that honor again this season.

Joining them as a Pro Bowl player this Fall should be Osemele’s guard partner, Gabe Jackson, who is a member of the Raiders 2014 draft class that helped turn the franchise round. Jackson likely could have been a Pro Bowler last season, but with another year under his belt, he is one guy who should be making his first Pro Bowl this season.

That would mean that the Raiders would send four offensive linemen to the Pro Bowl, which would be quite the accomplishment. Of course, it will be up to OL coach Tom Cable to make sure they are ready for Week 1, as the Rams have some dominating players up front on defense, and will certainly test this unit all night long.