What the Raiders have: When healthy, Barret Robbins is one of the best centers in the entire league. The question, however, is the 30-year old Robbins damaged goods? Oakland does not think so as it restructured his contract to keep him.
Last year at this time, Robbins was facing an
uncertain future about his life and NFL career after
his much publicized, and at the time, mysterious Super
Bowl weekend episode. Robbins, however, has seemingly
addressed his personal issues and was not the
distraction last season that many people feared. While
he did not play at a Pro Bowl level, he played well
when healthy. Robbins' arthritic knee, however, caused
him to miss the last quarter of the season and could
be cause for raising a red flag.
Besides Robbins, the Raiders have long-snapper
extraordinaire Adam Treu, who has always filled in
capably for Robbins. The Raiders, however, have been
reluctant to sacrifice Treu's long-snapping skills.
What the Raiders might do: Oakland would be banking
heavily on a healthy Robbins if it did nothing about
this position. The Raiders also lost Matt Stinchomb,
who was capable of filling in at center, to free
agency. Oakland has greater needs elsewhere so if it
drafts a center, don't expect one until late on Day
Draft outlook: Center
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