The Las Vegas Raiders have failed to generate pressure upfront this season. Their current personnel has underperformed, so they may need to bring reinforcements in the offseason and revamp their front four. They could use the 17th overall selection in 2021’s draft on Iowa defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon.
Daviyon Nixon could give a boost to the Raiders defensive line
In his most recent mock, Jordan Reid of The Draft Network foresees the Raiders drafting Nixon. He says that this may be a surprising choice at first sight, but he cites the fact the Iowa defensive tackle is soaring on draft boards. Reid later adds that this upcoming defensive tackle class will likely be a weak one. However, the 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year will be the best of the bunch.
Nixon had a breakout season in 2020. He suited up for eight games, registering 45 total tackles (13.5 for a loss), 5.5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. Moreover, he’s earned a healthy 72.9 Pro Football Focus grade this year. Benjamin Solak adds that if Reid likes the Iowas defensive tackle, the league is likely is high on him too.
This Las Vegas team needs a makeover upfront
The Raiders are among the worst team in the NFL when it comes to pressuring opposing quarterbacks. They currently rank near the bottom in most defensive categories, including sacks. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins has been underwhelming and even though Maurice Hurst has displayed glimpses of pass-rushing prowess, he hasn’t been able to turn those flashes into steady production.
With Paul Guenther no longer leading the Raiders’ defense, their defensive line may see a bump in production under the tutelage of interim defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli However, the Silver and Black is also in need of an infusion of talent, and Nixon could be the kind of player that could help solve their pass-rush woes.
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