Analyzing the Raiders offensive tackles entering the 2022 offseason
The top available option in free agency is former Raider Trent Brown, but even with McDaniels and Ziegler now in charge, a reunion remains unlikely. A more likely target will be Morgan Moses, a steady veteran with some solid years left, or Riley Reiff, who will likely command much less.
McDaniels could also opt to convince former Patriot Nate Soldier to come to Vegas as a stop-gap option, but his age and ineffectiveness make him more likely to retire. If the Raiders brass is convinced that Leatherwood is a full-time guard, they could throw money at Cam Robinson, but that would require him to switch positions.
This all boils down to Leatherwood’s positional future, but regardless it seems unlikely the Raiders will spend another first-round pick at tackle. Since 2018, the team has spent two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and a boatload of cash on the tackle position and they could easily give Leatherwood to first crack at the spot with a steady veteran backup for insurance.
Rumors and speculation currently surround Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, despite the belief that the organization will extend his contract.
If the Raiders do decide that the draft is the way to go, Charles Cross and Ikem Ekwonu are first-round prospects to keep an eye on, but Trevor Penning and Nicholas Petit-Frere are day two options to keep an eye on.