Las Vegas Raiders fill major holes early in 7-round 2021 NFL mock draft

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OT. Fighting Irish . Liam Eichenberg. 48. player. 819.

Holding the No. 48 overall pick in the draft, the Las Vegas Raiders turn their attention to the offensive side of the ball, getting their replacement for Trent Brown. During his two-year run with the Raiders, Brown was dominant when he was healthy, but after missing a ton of time this past season, and a hefty contract, the Raiders decided to trade him away to the New England Patriots.

That move left a gaping hole at right tackle, and with the 48th pick, Las Vegas selected Notre Dame star Liam Eichenberg, the anchor of one of the best offensive lines in college football the past few seasons. Eichenberg was an All-American for the Irish and is as NFL-ready as any offensive tackle prospect in this draft class.

Revamping most of the offensive line was not something I saw coming this offseason, but now that three starters have been traded away, the offensive line has become a priority in this year’s draft. Eichenberg is someone who could team with Kolton Miller as bookends in Las Vegas for the next ten years, and as he showed in college, he is smart, strong, and durable.