The Las Vegas Raiders, desirous to replenish their offensive line, took Alex Leatherwood of Alabama at No. 17. Last yr, Leatherwood (6-foot-5, 312 kilos) received the Outland Trophy, given to the greatest inside lineman in school soccer, after permitting simply 5 sacks in 1,400 pass-block snaps. Yet the choose was one thing of a shock, as a result of higher-rated linemen had been nonetheless accessible.
The Raiders misplaced Trent Brown, Gabe Jackson and Rodney Hudson this low season, so that they had been searching for a lineman to assist shield quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders had the 10th greatest offense in the league final yr.