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Friday, April 29, 2011
Raiders keep it in the family

By Bill Williamson

Wiz II is a Raider.

We saw that coming, didn’t we? Never has the No. 48 pick been so predictable.

The Raiders have been interested in Penn State guard/center Stefen Wisniewski for months. Sometimes you have to keep it in the family.

Wisniewski is the nephew of former Raiders star lineman Steve Wisniewski, who is entering his first season as the Raiders’ assistant offensive line coach. Oakland coach Hue Jackson was complimentary of Wisniewski at the NFL combine and Jackson has said the Raiders want mean, tough players. Offensive line is the team’s biggest need.

I could see Wisniewski and second-year guard Bruce Campbell each getting a chance to start right away on a rebuilding line.

So, it’s back to the future with Wiz II in tradition-rich Oakland.