Raiders: Sleepers to target on Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft
Tyler Smith – Offensive lineman, Tulsa
According to Football Outsiders, the Raiders were in the bottom half of the league when it came to running back yards per carry, which will have to change in 2022. Josh McDaniels had one of the more successful power run games in the league with the Patriots and will surely want to establish that in Las Vegas.
Tulsa’s Tyler Smith is a powerhouse in the run game and led all of college football in big-time blocks, according to PFF (#75). That is an incredible stat considering this draft class includes players like Evan Neal and Ikem Ekonwu, who are also nasty in the run game.
The pass protection is a work in progress, so he is not mentioned with the top guys in this class, but a player like this in the third round is an excellent get. He could fit in nicely at left guard and immediately upgrade the Raiders’ ability to blow teams off the ball and convert more often in short-yardage.