The Las Vegas Raiders made another strange choice in the Jon Gruden era, taking offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood.
It’s pretty obvious the Raiders were hoping either Rashawn Slater or Alijah Vera-Tucker would fall to them at 17, but the Chargers used their 13th pick to take Slater and the Jets traded up to 14 to take Vera-Tucker. That left the Raiders with no choice but to reach for Leatherwood, who most people had at best a second-round grade on him.
The Las Vegas Raiders made the questionable choice of the first round with Alex Leatherwood.
The Raiders completely decimated their offensive line this offseason. They traded Trent Brown, Gabe Jackson, and Rodney Hudson in different deals. They re-signed Richie Incognito, who is going to be 38 years old by the time the season starts. If Derek Carr is going to survive, they had to upgrade the offensive line in the NFL Draft. Unfortunately, the pick didn’t go well on social media.
This is obviously the strangest pick of the first round. The Raiders didn’t go off the board, they went off the reservation to take Alex Leatherwood. This feels a lot like the 2019 NFL Draft, where the Raiders made three very questionable decisions.
However, not everyone is killing the pick. There are some people who think Leatherwood might be the right player for the Raiders.
At the end of the day, the Raiders desperately needed help on the offensive line, and they got it. Whether this was a pick that will go down as one of the worst of the year is yet to be seen.