Raiders take OT Paul McQuistan in third round

The Oakland Raiders selected offensive tackle Paul McQuistan out of Weber State in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft, 69th overall.

An aggressive lineman with 41 straight starts under his belt, Paul McQuistan earned Division I-AA All-American honors as a senior, following up his sophomore and junior seasons where he was honorable mention All-Big Sky.

In 2003 he was part of an offensive line which helped the Wildcats to and 8-4 record and blocked for running back Nick Chournos who set a WSU single season rushing mark of 1,649 yards. That season, WSU led the Big Sky Conference in Rushing Yards Per Game (203.2).

He started every game at left tackle and is seen as a bit raw, a player who could develop as he physically matures. The big tackle posted 28 reps on the 225-bench press at the NFL Combines and a 5.10 forty-yard dash.

The Raiders need depth at the tackle position, particularly with Barry Sims on the wrong side of 30 years old. It is conceivable that McQuistan sees time on both sides of the line and may even be moved inside to guard, if needed.

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