The Raiders used their first round pick in 2018 on LT Kolton Miller. Miller came in as a starter immediately, taking the position from Pro Bowl tackle Donald Penn, and forcing him to move to RT. Miller started off the season strong, but after a knee injury, he was not the same.
Miller played through the injury, but was a liability more than anything. Miller was arguably the worst starting LT in the NFL last season, allowing the most sacks in the league (16) and the most pressures in the league (65).
As a first round pick, the Raiders will need massive improvements from Miller going into 2019.
The Raiders success will rely heavily on Derek Carr, and if his blindside is not protected, he will continue to play scared, throw the ball to his check down repeatedly, and will waste the new offensive talent that he has been surrounded with. Kolton Miller may be the most important piece in this process, and if he does not make improvements, the Raiders will need to look somewhere else.