Day One nets two O-Linemen and a safety

So much for the perception of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis preferring skill position players over offensive linemen.

The Oakland Raiders selected Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery with its first pick (2nd overall) in the 2004 NFL draft. There was much speculation that Oakland would select a wide receiver, either Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald or Texas' Roy Williams.

While starting right tackle Lincoln Kennedy is not yet officially retired, as he stated he would do late last season, that situation is quite strongly likely to happen. Therefore, that position becomes a big need. Plus it's more difficult to find a quality tackle in the draft that is usually chock full of receivers.

Gallery, who is 6-7, 320-pounds, is viewed as a prototypical NFL tackle capable of starting immediately. Gallery is also views as a player with the combination of size, strength, athletic ability, footwork and toughness to succeed as a dominant left tackle.

With its second round draft pick (45th overall), Oakland selected Virginia Teach center Jake Grove. The 6-3, 300-pound Grove blossomed as a senior, when he developed into one of the most physically dominant interior linemen in the country.

Oakland faces some uncertainty at center with Barret Robbins being bothered with an arthritic knee problem. When healthy, Robbins is a top-flight center but is the 30-year old damaged goods? Adam Treu has proven to be a capable fill-in but the Raiders have always been reluctant to sacrifice his long-snapping skills.

The Raiders wrapped up Day One, barring any trades, by selecting Purdue safety Stuart Schweigert in the third round (67th overall). Schweigert grades out as a solid prospect despite some off-the-field issues that include being cited for underage drinking twice. Schweigert, however, has playmaking skills as evidenced by the fact that he broke Purdue's all-time interception record with 13 as a junior. He added four thefts last season.

The Raiders next pick have seven picks on Sunday. Oakland has a fourth, fifth and sixth round pick along with four more in the seventh.

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