Raiders News: Draft Notes – Silver And Black Pride
The Las Vegas Raiders haven’t fully finished their offseason, but we’re reaching the home stretch. the NFL Draft came and went with the Raiders using trades to move around and grab their target players.
One of the best areas is the draw value of their picks. The Raiders did not reach any player and chose the best available player in the positions that needed it. It’s the perfect mix for a winning structure in the project process.
That said, let’s take a look at the ratings of each draft pick.
Round 3 – Dylan Parham IOL, Memphis
The Raiders started the draft by addressing a position fans had feared coming into the season. They added much-needed depth to the interior offensive line by removing Dylan Parham from Memphis.
Parham played guard and tackle for the Tigers. According to PFF, he excelled last season in pass protection, allowing ten pressures in total. However, due to his height profile, he is not suitable for guard duty in the NFL. His best position as we go is the centre, with him playing that spot mostly at senior bowl.
Parham will give competition to Andre James, whose contract was restructured ahead of the season. James will have to fight Parham, who has made the transition, but the Raiders will be versatilely trained on the offensive line. James could still find a house in custody.
Round 4- Zamir White RB, Georgia
The Raiders’ decision not to give Josh Jacobs a fifth-year option came as no surprise to many. With the injury story haunting Jacobs, the new staff thought it was wise to take on a young fullback. They chose Zamir White from Georgia.
White was part of a historic Georgia team that had 17 draft picks. He fits the mold of McDaniels, weighing 214 and a significant time of 40 for long speed. His vision is his best attribute, with the ability to be patient and make blocks with explosive bursts. Of course, he is a natural puncher who plays with the physique.
However, Isaiah Spiller was on the board and fitted the mold for McDaniels. Spiller is the best pass catcher with an ability to make you miss. White misses that on the tape, but the Raiders are fans of running back from the committees. He’ll be Jacobs’ replacement but let’s see if they regret letting Spiller go to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Round 4 – Neil Farrell DT, USL
The Raiders are naked at defensive tackle but not at nose tackle. The Raiders already have Hankins and Billings with Peko on the inside. This regime believes in the best player available and takes Neil Farrell from LSU.
Farrell is one of the best-managed defenders in the country. According to PFF, Farrell was 13th in the nation in run-stop percentage. He has a great burst of the ball with strong hands, allowing a spread and two inside spreads. He’s showing upside down as a pass rush with 24 pressures last season.
Farrell will be the future nose tackle with none of the other players around for next season. During the first year, he will have the opportunity to produce and be part of the rotation in the future.
Round 5 – Matthew Butler DT, Tennessee
Now, the absolute defensive tackle position you need is the three-way technique. Usually the defensive tackle that rushes through the passes, the Raiders only have Bilal Nichols there at the moment. The Raiders used their fifth-round pick to create competition with Matthew Butler.
Butler is an inside pass-rush player. He’s quick for his 297-pound frame with good rushing moves to help generate pressure on the quarterback. With Butler, it’s all about consistency with technique. According to PFF, his pressure rate was 11% compared to Farrell, who was at 13%.
Running isn’t his specialty either, where he can struggle against double teams indoors. Butler is a draft defensive tackle who can hopefully add some juice in underpacks on third down. He shouldn’t expect a severe impact in the first year.
Lap 7 – Thayer Munford G/T, ohio state
The Raiders entered the seventh feeling good about their draft so far. The value of the draft picks was top notch, and the seventh would be the icing on the cake. They went for even more offensive depth with Ohio State’s Thayer Munford.
Munford has been an excellent left tackle in 2020, allowing three pressures in a shortened season. He then moved into the care of his eldest and struggled to adjust to the new position. Then his athletic profile didn’t make it easy for Munford with a 5.39 dash for 40 yards and a 22-foot vertical leap.
This is how a player of this caliber falls in the seventh round. Munford will be a versatile replacement at both guard and tackle for the Raiders. He will have to beat Brandon Parker to make the team.
Round 7 -Brittan Brown RB, UCLA
The Raiders seemed set at running back after picking Zamir White. They shocked the nation by using their last night pick on UCLA’s Brittan Brown.
Brown had a tough offseason with a poor athletic profile that allowed him to stumble. Its strip displays more burst as a runner and a long speed that doesn’t scream 4.69. He has good vision and can use his patience and blast through holes in the second level. He didn’t add much as a wide receiver and didn’t see much as a blocker from Brown on film.
With him being more of a back-to-back, this puts pressure on Josh Jacobs to perform at a high level. White and Brown have a knack for rock hauling, and Jacobs better put on a show during his contract year.