Is Khalif Barnes at Right Tackle a Good Idea for the Oakland Raiders?

March 11, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Many Raider fans are under the train of thought that the Khalif Barnes re-signing means the Raiders won't draft an OT in the first round. They are assuming Mario Henderson and Khalif Barnes will be the Raiders starting tackles.
But is that a good idea?
There are a fair share of arguments for and against Barnes, here's a look at some of them.
First the good.
Barnes was a great offensive tackle in college and has near ideal size at 6'5'' 325. He was good enough to be picked in the second round by the Jacksonville Jaguars starting 13 games as a rookie.
Barnes quickly became a starter as the teams left tackle. He had great succes and for 2005, 2006 and 2007 he was the anchor for one of the NFL's most exciting offenses.
In 2006 he led the way for Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor on a team that led the NFL in rushing. In 2007 that same team ranked third in the NFL behind the o-line anchored by Barnes.
With all that it would seem Barnes is great candi...

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