2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Las Vegas Raiders draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Las Vegas Raiders 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– Oh you Las Vegas Raiders, you. Value means next to nothing to this franchise when it comes to drafting – it took Alabama OT Alex Leatherwood WAY early at the 17. That’s fine if he’s your guy – he’s a Nick Saban left tackle, after all – but in a deep, deep deep first round at the position, he could’ve been had by trading down. With that said …
– If the Raiders took TCU S Trevon Moehrig at the 17 and Leatherwood at the 43, this would’ve looked like one of the better drafts before Day 3. It’s all nitpicking – those two are going to be rock-solid starters, but that might be it for this draft.
– The last four picks are almost all scouting darlings, but there aren’t any sure things. That’s not okay considering two of them – Buffalo edge rusher Malcolm Koonce and Virginia Tech S Divine Deablo – were third rounders.
One final quick note – they passed on a quarterback. They could’ve had Kyle Trask or Davis Mills, and didn’t go for it. Look for this to be one of the teams on the Aaron Rodgers short list.
Best Value Pick: S Trevon Moehrig, TCU, 2nd round, 43rd overall
Biggest Reach: S Divine Deablo, Virginia Tech, 3rd round, 80th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: C Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt, 7th round, 230th overall
Las Vegas Raiders 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (17) OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
2 (43) S Trevon Moehrig, TCU
3 (79) EDGE Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
3 (80) S Divine Deablo, Virginia Tech
5 (167) CB Nate Hobbs, Illinois
7 (230) C Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt
Las Vegas Raiders 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
The Raiders didn’t get a whole lot out of their 2020 class. Henry Ruggs was okay, but he wasn’t the game-changer so far that he’s supposed to be at the 12, Damon Arnette was a huge reach at the 19 and made just 21 tackles, and none of the other picks made much of a major impact. This draft needs to work.
Getting an offensive tackle is a must, but more defensive playmakers are going to be a big part of the draft weekend puzzle. They get four of the top 80 picks and have a little bit of draft capital later to come up with a package to move up if needed. But …
They’re good at 17. They can reach a wee bit for one of the pass rushers on the board, and there’s going to be at least two decent offensive tackles to choose from at the spot. They should be able to wait around a little but, though, and grab an offensive lineman at the 48.
Las Vegas Raiders 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 WR Henry Ruggs, Alabama
1 CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State
3 WR Lynn Bowden, Kentucky
3 WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina
3 S Tanner Muse, Clemson
4 OG John Simpson, Clemson
4 CB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
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