Chester would fill a hole on the Raiders line

Learn more about Oklahoma OL Chris Chester through our exclusive interview we recently conducted with him.

Oklahoma's Chris Chester, a 6'4, 300-pound offensive lineman from Oklahoma, raised his stock considerably at this year's Combine in Indianapolis. A tight end who converted to center late in his collegiate career, he's a versatile, athletic prospect who drew interview requests from over half of the NFL teams and should be selected in the upper half of the NFL Draft in April.

Chester had a formal interview with the Oakland Raiders and they followed up by attending his Pro Day.

He has played center and guard, and that offer of versatility is a benefit as he moves forward. As a former tight end, Chester remains athletic and has been hailed as a player with immense upside.

Question: Did any team at the Combine talk to you about being a tight end, instead of an offensive lineman?

Chris Chester: The Chiefs did. They said, if for some reason I don't come in right away and get a chance to play at center or guard, I could just be kind of a second tight end in situations so I can get on the field, make an impact and contribute while still working at center at guard.

Q: How much special teams work did you do during college? Were there any specific special teams that you feel you excelled at?

CC: I was on the punt cover team, kickoff return and field goal team as well. The team I liked the most was punt coverage. It was more or less pass set. I was pretty big. We saw a lot of DBs and a lot of smaller guys on the rush. So it was pretty easy to block for the punt team. But also I had good enough feet, where I could be effective in coverage.

Q: How much of an issue was your broken hand and knee injury from your senior year? Did that get brought up quite often during your interviews?

CC: Everyone asked about it because I ended up missing four games. But the injury itself was kind of a typical injury. I didn't even have an MRI on my knee. I was back pretty quick actually. It's usually a four to six weeks for recover, and I was back in four weeks. Also, I didn't have any surgery.

Q: When you had your interviews with the GM's, head coaches or coaches, what is it that you wanted to get across to them about you as a person?

CC: I've always had this kind of lineman mentality and this concept of football. My beliefs on football, especially as a lineman, it's always hard work. And I think that playing offensive line kind of exemplifies that hard work. It's something that always had a whole lot of respect for.


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