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Should Raiders select OL at any point in the draft?

Based on immediate needs, the Las Vegas Raiders will likely select a wide receiver and a corner in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, so when would be the pertinent time to pick an offensive lineman?

The Raiders selected Kolton Miller out of UCLA with the 15th overall pick in 2018. He struggled in his rookie campaign but his play improved significantly last season. They also added Trent Brown from the Patriots last offseason and the duo of tackles performed well in the beginning of the season. Then, Brown was injured and David Sharpe and Brandon Parker both were thrust into action. Sharpe played well at times, but Parker has been a disappointment. The Raiders would be better suited selecting a tackle on Day 3 of the draft as insurance for both Miller and Brown.

The Raiders and their O-line

Lucas Niang, TCU

Niang has impressive footwork for a right tackle. He started 27 games for the Horned Frogs and never gave up a sack. He keeps his head on a swivel on defensive lineman’s twists and will hustle down field and look for work. Lucas played through a hip injury that required surgery in October.

Projected Round: 3rd

Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn

Yes, he is an actual prince. His grandfather was the king of his village in Nigeria. He started 32 games for Auburn at left tackle. He’s very athletic for his size and has the ability to pick up blocks down the field on screens. Wanogho needs work at the point of attack but with some coaching, he can become a solid starter in time.

Projected Round: 3rd

Related: Julian Okwara Draft Profile

Tyre Phillips, Mississippi State

This former JUCO product was only a one year starter for the Bulldogs as he played in a reserve role his junior year. He played on the left side but is probably more suited to play on the right side in the pros. Phillips plays with a chip on his shoulder and would probably benefit from losing 15-20 pounds to improve his lateral movement.

Projected Round: 4-6

Trey Adams, Washington

In 2017, Adams was touted to be the first offensive lineman taken in the draft. Then, he suffered an ACL injury that year and had back surgery in 2018. He played a full season last year but clearly wasn’t the same player. If Adams is given a clean bill of health, he may be a bargain on Day 3.

Projected Round: 5-6

Colton McKivitz, West Virginia

The Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the year, is a bit of a tweener, not quick enough for tackle but not big enough for offensive guard. McKivitz is a durable player who started 33 games at right tackle, 13 at left tackle and one at right guard. A player like McKivitz may never be a Pro Bowler, but he may stick around in the league for long time due to his ability to play different positions effectively.

Projected Round: 5-7

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