In order for the Raiders to have a successful first draft of the Reggie McKenzie era they’ve got to find value. Those late round picks that are often throwaways, special teamers and practice squanders will be as important as ever in Oakland’s shallow draft standing for 2012.
That’s why late round prospects like Washington State’s Alex Hoffman-Ellis are popping up on Oakland’s radar. They’ve apparently setup a visit with the L.A. native who took the JUCO route to D1 ball.
Hoffman-Ellis is seen by many as a 5th round prospect at best but his stock is on the rise. The Raiders brought in Philip Wheeler but until he plays a game the search for a long term solution is still underway. For all we know Hoffman-Ellis could be that guy. It will take some work. There is, after all, a reason why he’s not valued higher but in the end that really means nothing. Talent is talent and Hoffman-Ellis is definitely a talented prospect. Here is a quick analysis
Alex Hoffman-Ellis, OLB, Washington State
Strengths: Impressed at pro day with great measurables (4.53 40, 36 reps of 225, 36” vertical). Great straight line speed. Can get up field and blow up plays. Good coverage skills, average in zone but looks comfortable in man. Aggressive at point of contact with good tackling form.
Weaknesses: Limited experience didn’t play until senior year at Hamilton High (could be a positive if he keeps improving). Some character concerns. Not an instinctive player who is inconsistent from one play to the next.