58. Denver Kirkland
A key figure as part of one of the best offensive lines in the country while at Arkansas, Denver Kirkland entered the 2016 NFL Draft hoping to cash in after three productive seasons with the Razorbacks. A gamble that backfired as Kirkland surprisingly went undrafted, signing with the Oakland Raiders after being passed over by all 32 dreams in Chicago.
Despite going undrafted, Kirkland could have a bright future now that he is in Oakland as a player that the Raiders are likely interested in developing under offensive line coach Mike Tice. Pairing a starter on one of the SEC’s best offensive lines and one of the NFL’s best offensive line coaches as a perfect fit to turn Kirkland into a potential future starter.
A 340 pound offensive lineman who has run blocking abilities similar to Gabe Jackson’s and can play both guard as well as tackle, Kirkland could have a future with the Raiders. Expect the Raiders current offensive lineman to be looking over their shoulders as Kirkland could be a future stud in Silver and Black if developed correctly.
– Chase Ruttig