Raiders 2022 Draft: 5 late-round prospects that can elevate the Raiders
Jack Sanborn, LB, Wisconsin
Currently, the Las Vegas Raiders have two linebackers on the team; Pro Bowler Denzel Perryman, and ’21 rookie Divine Deablo. Grabbing a few more at some point is a must, and while there are options in free agency, Vegas has a limited cap to work with at this point.
The linebacker market indeed runs deep in free agency, and it’s also true some names like Kyle Van Noy or Anthony Barr make a lot of sense. With both of those things being said, adding one more linebacker isn’t enough, and it’s reasonable to assume two won’t be, either.
Wisconsin’s Jack Sanborn is constantly behind the line of scrimmage, whether we’re talking about getting to the quarterback or bringing down the ball carrier for a loss of yardage. In his four years at Wisconsin, Sanborn recorded 11.5 sacks, 29 tackles in the backfield, and even forced three fumbles.
Sanborn shines against the run, being both a great tackler and having the ability to work his way around blockers. In his senior year, he recorded a whopping 16 tackles for negative yardage. He also has some merit in coverage, tallying 4 takeaways through the air in his college tenure.
Overall, Sanborn is a linebacker Graham can plug and play where he pleases. He isn’t the most explosive athlete you’re going to see, but it doesn’t hinder him much. Sanborn knows his game and stays in his lane.