Las Vegas Raiders: 2021 Draft class mid-season Report Card
Round 3, Pick 79: Malcolm Koonce, EDGE
Eight weeks through the season and the Raiders 3rd-round pick Malcolm Koonce out of Buffalo has yet to log a snap in any game as of yet.
Koonce, like first-round pick Alex Leatherwood, is another selection that looked like a reach on draft-day, and so far that seems to be true, as early as it is to judge.
The Raiders pass-rush has been vastly superior to previous seasons with the addition of Yannick Ngakoue lining up on the opposite side of Maxx Crosby who has been playing stellar football thus far. That combined with the improvements in the secondary hasn’t warranted any big need in guys like Koonce coming off the bench and providing some spark, however, as a 3rd round pick it would be nice if that was the case.
With Clelin Ferrell seeing a decrease in playing time we will likely see the rookie on the field at some point. Hopefully, he can add to an already decent pass-rush.
- Performance Grade: N/A
- Pick Grade: C-