Raiders sign undrafted offensive lineman

The Oakland Raiders drafted one offensive tackle in the third round but left the line largely neglected. They signed a offensive lineman in undrafted free agency.

The Raiders signed 6-foot-5, 312-pound lineman Eddie Keele out of BYU. He will turn 26 at the start of the 2007 NFL season.

A tenacious blocker with a nice combination of strength and intelligence, Keele's age and recent injury put him at a disadvantage.

Biography:

Two-year starter who played in three games as a senior before being sidelined with a serious knee injury.

Pos:

Strong, alert blocker who works best in confined quarters. Plays with a wide base, effectively fights with his hands and displays strength in his upper body. Patient in pass protection, keeps his head on a swivel and has a nasty attitude. Solid run blocker who moves opponents off the line and turns them from the play completely.

Neg:

Lacks adjustment, is not a natural knee bender and does not display lateral blocking range. Over-extends into blocks, which hurts his balance. Will be 26 years old at the start of the NFL season.



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