Find out who the Raiders catch in the first round
The Raiders will enter the 2022 offseason with a ton of needs to fill. They must once again improve their receiving body, the offensive line and their linebackers.
But one need that hasn’t been talked about enough is their inner defensive line. They just don’t have a lot of long term solutions to the position and opponents are starting to nick them into the running game.
Which is why they could certainly be in the market for a defensive tackle early in the 2022 draft.
In a recent simulation project of Luke Easterling from the Touchdown Wire, he has the Raiders selecting Georgia DT Jordan Davis. Here’s how the 360-pound defensive tackle might fit into their defense:
“This defense needs all kinds of help, so the Raiders could go in one of the many different directions here. In this scenario, the best value comes with Davis, a massive mountain from a defender who would immediately turn the inside that front.
The Raiders already have two dynamic edge rushers and some quality backups to Carl Nassib, Clelin Ferrell and Malcolm Koonce. But what they really need is an inside player like Davis, who can demand doubles teams with his size and power.
Davis isn’t a passer at all, but it’s impossible to move. He is also athletic enough to make plays outside of his gap and is a player who improves everyone else’s defense.
Will a 360-pound defensive tackle be among the top 15 picks in a passing league? It remains to be seen. But Davis is a unique talent and a player the Raiders could use in their defense.