Raiders Add Size to Their O-Line with Penn State G/C Wisniewski at 48

The Raiders finally got on the board with their first pick of the draft in round two on Friday night, landing guard/center Stefen Wisniewski from Penn State. The linemen is 6-foot-3, and comes in at 297 pounds.

Here’s our Scouting Report on Wisniewski

Strengths: Plays with very good overall technique and balance; brings his feet along in space and isn’t easily tripped up. Shows the ability to be effective on pulls inside and out, sealing the edge, and clearing the inside running lane. Gets to the second level and quickly locates a target, consistently neutralizing linebackers. A technician in run support. Uses angles and hand placement to gain leverage and create a crease for the running back.

Very good at establishing an inside fit on the defender and sustains blocks in both run support and pass protection; maintains hand placement even if he loses his base. Sets himself quickly in pass protection while maintaining choppy feet to mirror the defender. Very good lower body strength when he sinks his hips; holds the point of attack with consistency when he plays with bend and locks out his arms. Able to handle much bigger defenders when he sinks and anchors. Has mastered his upper body technique, and uses arms and hands extremely well. A three year starter and hasn’t missed a game due to injury. Started 26 games at right guard and 13 games at center (2009 season).

Needs Improvement: Lacks initial quickness off the snap and often has to recover or reposition himself. Isn’t always able to get secure on the defender with his lateral blocking; loses the step. Has better lower body strength than upper body strength and could use more size up top. Doesn’t play with a mean streak and is unable to overpower defenders off the ball. There were a few miscues along the interior in games I observed which led to sacks (between him and center). Has adequate athleticism, but won’t be as effective one-on-one at the next level. Doesn’t always sink hips and can be driven into the pocket.

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The Raiders were super high on Wisniewski, so this pick isn’t much of a shock, and it comes with solid value with the 48th overall pick. Here’s a tidbit on Wisniewski from the Penn State site.

Selected a 2010 first-team preseason All-American by Athlon, Lindy’s, Sporting News and Phil Steele’s College Football Previews, Wisniewski was a 2009 third-team All-America honoree by Named to the preliminary Watch List for the 41st Rotary Lombardi Award, the talented and tenacious player has worked hard to improve his skills and strength throughout his career.

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