Raiders: A late draft RB could pay dividends for Las Vegas
Possible late-round draft prospects
Zaquandre White is a jack of all trades. Being part of a committee at South Carolina in 2021, the 6’1 back was able to muster up 583 yards and 196 receiving yards, with four total touchdowns. Although the numbers don’t jump at you, White showed his skill. Great in the open field, solid breakaway speed & strong enough to shake off hits. He also showcased some impressive balancing ability!
Good for any run situation and a factor in the passing game, White has tremendous value if he’s available late on Day 3. If he’s not, there are still some others to consider, one of these guys is Pierre Strong Jr.
Racking up 1,678 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground, Strong Jr is another guy who can be counted on in a committee. While he likely doesn’t have the attributes to be force-fed, he doesn’t need to. This is a guy that’s going for the home run play every down and has the breakaway speed to do it. Change of direction and balance can be found where raw power isn’t.
One last guy we’ll talk about is Ty Chandler. Beautiful cuts accompanied with speed to lose defenders. Recording 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, the film is still more impressive than the numbers.
Chandler has also shown ability in the passing game, especially with his open-field prowess after catching the ball. If there, he’s another complementary back that’s hard to pass on.
The Raiders cannot afford to go into next season with another hastily assembled OL. They should invest in a premier free-agent interior offensive lineman.
All of these guys not only offer their own piece to this puzzle but will be more than serviceable if one is needed to step in. Vegas possesses back-to-back picks in the 5th, where this move would make the most sense. If the chips fall where they need to down the stretch, the Raiders could be walking away with a home run change of pace back to compliment both Jacobs and Drake!