Position: Offensive tackle
Weight: 343 pounds
Selection: Fourth round, No. 129 overall
ALAMEDA – Donald Penn’s career is winding down. Their right tackle position is unset long-term, meaning the Raiders must look toward the future when it comes to the position.
Florida’s David Sharpe will get a chance to earn a starting tackle spot in time. He’s a massive individual, something offensive line coach Mike Tice prefers in his players. His long arms help keep rushers at bay, and he can block well on the move in the run game.
Analysts says he isn’t flexible or as agile as other lineman, and is better on his own off the edge than working on combination blocks.
The Raiders have great insight on Sharpe, considering head coach Jack Del Rio’s son Luke is Florida’s quarterback.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Sharpe is legally blind in his right eye, a claim Sharpe disputed leading up to the NFL Draft. He called it an unfounded rumor at Florida’s pro day, saying that his vision is fine.
Sharpe won’t be counted on to start this season, with Pro Bowler Donald Penn anchoring the left side and a trio of Marshall Newhouse, Austin Howard and Vadal Alexander compete to start at right tackle.
The Raiders have one of the best offensive lines in football, status they’d like to retain by bringing in young blood to fill vacancies when they come.