The Las Vegas Raiders did not have a pick in the first two rounds of this April’s draft as most fans recall. They traded those picks for star receiver Davante Adams. Their first pick in the 2022 draft was third-round offensive lineman Dylan Parham out of Memphis, and he was thrust into a starting role against Arizona when center Andre James missed the game with a concussion. The Parham pick looks to be paying dividends already in the early going of this season. While addressing the media, head coach Josh McDaniels was highly complimentary of the rookie’s play, echoing that sentiment.
Raiders HC Josh McDaniels on Dylan Parham’s debut at center
“[Parham] did a good job with his communication, for the most part, obviously that’s always number one when you’re playing center. I thought he did a good job of helping set the table for his teammates and tried to play physically and aggressively. Had a few things that they will be able to coach technique-wise for him to do better. Whether it’s in protection or in the running game. But I was not disappointed in Parham at all,” said McDaniels on Monday.
Parham was flagged for holding once and allowed one pressure, his only one over 65 offensive snaps on the season. His role in the offensive line rotation will only grow, especially if Andre James remains injured. Either way, it looks like Dave Ziegler found a gem in the 2022 draft. Originally drafted for his ability to play all three interior positions, he now figures to be an O-line stalwart for years to come. As Raiders digital media reporter Levi Edwards put it, there’s optimism to be had. The rookie thoroughly impressed yesterday all things considered. His development will clearly be a worthwhile investment for the Silver and Black.
A sign of optimism: Dylan Parham did a good job filling in at center yesterday for Andre James.
I believe he truly held his own the entire game and I’m excited to see how his role develops this season. #Raiders
â€” Levi Edwards (@theleviedwards) September 19, 2022
*Top Photo: Dylan Parham’s Instagram