Raiders trade up to pick OL Barksdale 92nd

Raiders trade up to pick OL Barksdale 92nd
April 30, 2011, 2:04 am
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April 29, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERSVIDEOPaul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders traded up to the 92nd pick and selected Joseph Barksdale, the 6-foot-5 and 235-pound offensive lineman out of LSU.

Barksdale was named to the SEC second-team in 2010.

Barksdale started 39 consecutive games for the Tigers, playing both tackle positions. Raiders coach Hue Jackson said Barksdale will be kept on the right side.

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College career: Entered college as a defensive tackle but soon made the transition to offensive tackle. As a senior, Barksdale was a second-team all-SEC left tackle for the Tigers and was credited with 49 knockdowns and 12 touchdown-resulting blocks.Scouting report: A physical specimen whose potential is off the charts. Thing is, his work rate has been questioned just as much. Has enough raw talent to contribute immediately, but will he hone in his talents?How he fits with Raiders: So long as he does not play down to his level of competition, he could challenge for the starting right tackle position. Shocked? You shouldn't be. Not with Langston Walker, Mario Henderson and Khalif Barnes all free agents.