Raiders Draft: Overwhelmingly Negative Reaction To Alex Leatherwood Pick

The 17th overall selection came and went for the Las Vegas Raiders on draft night. Fans for the most part weren’t too happy with the pick.

The Raiders needed to address their offensive line deficiencies after what’s been a tumultuous offseason. The organization decided to part ways with a couple of starters, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson. However, that wasn’t all, as Trent Brown was traded back to his old team in the New England Patriots. It wasn’t all bad news for Las Vegas all things being fair. After all, they retain swing offensive lineman Denzelle Good, and Richie Incognito will be back. To make sure that the right side of the offensive line us held down, Raiders brass opted to go with Alex Leatherwood from Alabama with the 17th overall selection.

Leatherwood could turn out to be a solid starting tackle in the long run, especially under Tom Cable’s tutelage. Many fans pointed out that the fanbase was very disappointed when Kolton Miller was chosen and he turned out to be a franchise left tackle. The problem that many have with the Raiders’ pick is that Leatherwood was chosen over a bevy of talented defenders.

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What did Raiders fans have to say?

As usual, Raider Nation didn’t disappoint with their reactions on social media in regards to the Silver and Black. In fact, it could be argued that one of the biggest Raiders’ fans is NBA superstar Damian Lillard who had the best reaction with just one word.

NFL writers also had some negative reactions on top of Raider Nation not feeling too good about the selection.

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1 thought on “Raiders Draft: Overwhelmingly Negative Reaction To Alex Leatherwood Pick”

  1. I have hated most of the Raider’s recent reaches in the first round, especially Ruggs and Arnette last year. But I don’t think this is bad.

    First of all, the Raiders had to pick a tackle in the first or second. There was no way the Raiders were going to have an effective offense rolling out Good or Parker at right tackle (they also need to draft a guard no later than the third). So the pick was definitely a positional need, though presumably they may have been able to pick a tackle in the second given the depth at that position in this draft.

    Second, Leatherwood has the resume to fit in the first round. He was the best offensive lineman on the best team in college football, first team AP All-American, and the Outland Trophy winner. So he played very well in college.

    He also has great measurables for the position. Some people say he’s too short to be a tackle, but he’s 6’5″ which is more than adequate, and more importantly his arms are long. He is also a great athlete for his size with a 96th percentile vertical, 99th percentile broad jump, and 90th percentile 40 at 312 pounds. He might need to get a little bit stronger, but Miller had the same issue. And it’s much easier to make a great athlete stronger than to make a strong guy a great athlete.

    I’m sure Cable saw the raw athleticism and ability to play the position and thought he could mold him into something akin to what Miller has become on the left side.

    And let’s not overreact to what a reach he was. A few guys had him at the top of the third, but most had him going late in the first or early in the second. So he wasn’t an extreme reach. And given his athleticism and track record, he seems to be a pretty low risk pick.

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