INDIANAPOLIS -- It is almost too perfect.

The Raiders have their first selection in the 2011 NFL draft in the second round, No. 48 overall.

Their offensive line could be short a pair of starting guards. Among the new coaches on staff is assistant line coach and Raiders legend Steve Wisniewski.

Rather than slip into the "I don't worry about what I can't control" mode invoked by so many others at the NFL scouting combine, Penn State interior lineman Stefen Wisniewski doesn't need to be prodded into obvious speculation.

He'd love to be drafted by the Raiders.

"That would be awesome," Stefen Wisniewski said. "I couldn't think of a better guy to work for. He's an eight-time Pro Bowler. He's my uncle. There are certainly implications when you get coached by a family member.

"Anyone who has played for their father might know what that's like. But yes, I'd love to play for my uncle."

Stefen knows what it's like to deal with a football legacy. His father, Leo, played defensive line at Penn State and graduated in 1982. Steve followed suit and was a two-time All-America selection before moving on to the NFL in 1989.

"They kind of stared me in the face every day," Stefen said. "Walking down the hallway my uncle's picture is real big up there on the wall. My dad's up there. So I got constant reminders of what they've done. I used it to motivate me, to match or exceed what they've done."


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Raiders fans who fondly remember the days of Steve Wisniewski drilling an unsuspecting defender into the turf a fraction of a second before the whistle -- and occasionally after it -- would experience a strong sense of déjà vu if Stefen came aboard.

Steve Wisniewski was one of the more interesting characters on the Raiders because he had an old-school mentality and quiet, spiritual demeanor in the locker room only to unleash something entirely different on game day.

Former Raiders linebacker Richard Harvey once explained that he despised Wisniewski all the way up to the time where he became his teammate. When Harvey joined the Raiders, the first person he sought out was Wisniewski so he could shake his hand and tell him how happy he was to be on the same team.

Stefen Wisniewski has taught 10th-grade English as a student teacher at a high school in State College, Pa., is involved in Habitat for Humanity and has accompanied his father and uncle on Christian mission trips to the Dominican Republic.

Penn State running back Evan Royster sounded a lot like any number of Steve Wisniewski's teammates when describing Stefen.

"He is a quiet dude, but he is a monster on the field," Royster said. "He's not a dirty player, but he definitely plays with a lot of pride and emotion."

Steve Wisniewski incurred $65,000 in fines over a five-week period in 1996 for illegal blocks and was widely regarded as one of the NFL's dirtiest players, a reputation that stuck with him even as he was rarely penalized toward the end of his 13-year career.

When asked about it, Stefen Wisniewski broke into a grin.

"It's funny because of the way he explains it," Stefen said with a roll of the eyes, "that it was a bad rap and it was all bogus and they were all misunderstandings. So I just laugh about it."

Stefen, a two-time All-Big Ten selection, is being projected by most analysts as a second-round pick. That sounds about right since both Leo (who played for the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts) and Steve (drafted by Dallas and immediately traded to the Raiders) were both picked in the second round.

Once the NFL and players union reach a collective bargaining agreement, starting left guard Robert Gallery is scheduled for unrestricted free agency. So is right guard Cooper Carlisle, who isn't expected to return as the Raiders continue to transition from a strictly zone blocking team to one that employs more power blocking schemes.

It's easy to envision Stefen Wisniewski stepping in at any of the three spots in the middle of the Raiders line. Oakland interviewed Stefen on Thursday and according to one source was extremely impressed.

"Oh, I know exactly who he is," coach Hue Jackson said. "He's 6-foot-3, 316 pounds and he'll hit you, there's no doubt. "... He's a very talented young man; it's going to be fun to watch him go through this process."