2021 NFL Draft: Daviyon Nixon can be a force on Raiders defensive interior
By CJ Errickson
The Las Vegas Raiders are still searching for answers at defensive tackle, as they presumed they acquired a promising one at the position after the NFL free agency last year. Head coach Jon Gruden stated that former Dallas Cowboy Maliek Collins was the ‘key’ to the Raiders’ defense before the 2020 regular season, but unfortunately, that could not be further from reality.
Collins failed to achieve either a sack or tackle for loss in an abysmal debut season for the Silver and Black, and aside from Collins, Maurice Hurst Jr. was criminally underutilized as he only participated in 39% of Las Vegas’ defensive snaps (11 games played) on average.
Also, teammate Johnathan Hankins was one of the league’s best interior run defenders, but he is set to be a free agent this offseason. To say the least, the organization needs an injection of both quality and quantity along with the defensive interior.
Reluctantly, there is a prospect from the University of Iowa that can bring stability to the Raiders’ defensive front in the upcoming 2021 NFL draft.