The Oakland Raiders traded back in the third round with the Miami Dolphins giving up the 67th pick for the 81st pick in the third round and acquiring an extra fourth-round pick at number 116 in the 2014 NFL Draft. With the third round pick, the Raiders took Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson to help the interior offensive line. He joins first round pick Khalil Mack and second round quarterback Derek Carr.
Jackson brings some solid experience to the Raiders. He made 52 career starts at left guard in college, which is every game for the last three seasons and was a captain for two of those seasons. He is a massive human being at 6-3, 336 pounds. Jackson is a road grader who will help Oakland in the run game and is solid in pass protection. He did not give up a sack in the past two seasons against very good competition in the SEC.
At the NFL Combine, Jackson put his strength on display. He benched pressed 225 pounds 30 times. Jackson has long arms and is technically sound. He will look to compete with Kevin Boothe immediately for the starting left guard spot.
Oakland now has some good depth along the offensive line. They selected tackle Menelik Watson in the second round of 2013. They add Jackson this year in the draft to go along with free agent signings of Kevin Boothe, Donald Penn, and Austin Howard. They also have Stephen Wisniewski as the stalwart at center. Tony Bergstrom, Matt McCants, and Khalif Barnes are also in play as depth options.
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