The Las Vegas Raiders hold the No. 17 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and Daniel Jeremiah likes them to continue to focus on defense.
It has been a wild offseason for the Las Vegas Raiders, as they stripped down their offensive line, added a talented edge rusher via free agency, and brought in talent on both sides of the ball, filling some voids. Still, with weeks left until the 2021 NFL Draft, the Raiders have some major issues, including at right tackle, and in their defensive backfield.
Despite this, one media expert likes the Raiders to shun both areas with their first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, instead, they select a linebacker. Sure, the Raiders could use all the defensive talent they can get, but after re-signing Nicholas Morrow, and with Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton returning, I do not believe linebacker is a pressing issue at this point.
Raiders lands an elite linebacker at pick No. 17
In his latest mock draft over at NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah likes the Raiders to continue to revamp the defensive side of the ball. With this pick, the Raiders shun their needs upfront along the offensive line and decide to roll with one of the more versatile defensive players in this draft class.
The pick for Jeremiah to Las Vegas in his latest mock draft is Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, a tremendously talented player. JOK has the ability to come up and play in the box, on the outside at linebacker, and even be a hybrid-type safety in some packages.
His skillset would go a long way in what Gus Bradley is hoping to accomplish in his first season in Las Vegas.
Despite the fact that he does not fill a pressing need, getting Owusu-Koramoah would be outstanding for this Las Vegas franchise. Go and watch some of his tape from Notre Dame and you will see an outstanding tackle, a fierce competitor, and one of the best coverage linebackers in this year’s draft class.
He has all the talent to be an outstanding player at the next level and maybe too good a player to pass up at No. 17.