If there was one position that the Las Vegas Raiders needed to draft, that wasn’t a quarterback on the offensive side of the ball, I think we would all agree it’s any position on the offensive line.
Their draft last season was, okay, I guess you could say. It wasn’t anything special, really. But, Dylan Parham showed that he is very versatile on the offensive line, which is helpful for this draft. They can look at any position on the offensive line this offseason because of that.
If there was one to pick though, it has to be a tackle, which is where I think they struggled the most throughout the season. Luckily for them, the best tackle in the draft could be available at the seventh pick.
We all want the Raiders to take a quarterback, right, but there is a chance the top three quarterbacks are all gone before seven. So, if that were to happen, they need to take offensive linemen, because the defensive picks just aren’t there that high in the draft, at least for what Las Vegas needs.
The perfect pick, if that were to happen, would be Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr., the best in the draft not only at his position but the entire offensive line.
Whoever the next quarterback of the Raiders is, they will need better protection than what Derek Carr had last season. Johnson Jr. could do just that.
The 6’6″ offensive tackle is the ninth-best player in the draft according to Pro Football Focus. But, he could be taken before the Raiders pick because he is the best offensive lineman in the draft, and every team above the Raiders needs offensive line help.
But, then again, no one above the Raiders needs help in that area more than they do.
Per PFF, the left tackle didn’t allow a sack in 449 pass-blocking snaps. While he is great in the passing game with a grade of 83.1, he is just as good in the run game, tallying an 80.9 run block grade.
He would be perfect for a team like the Raiders who run the ball just as much as they throw it, that is if Josh Jacobs comes back. Johnson has the size to be a bully at the position, and the potential to be one of the best-left tackles in the league in a few years.
I think the pick is a no-brainer.
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