Three possible draftees if the Las Vegas Raiders trade up in the 2022 NFL draft.
Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
I’ve talked about Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green so much that I’m not sure if there’s anything I haven’t said about him. He’s the perfect fit for the Raiders, and like everyone on this list except Lucas, he finds himself slipping. I do believe trading up for him is ideal, as his versatility and talent are things of beauty.
That said, just to mix it up, I’m going to talk about another offensive lineman who will also make an impact for Las Vegas – Offensive tackle Abraham Lucas.
Both McDaniels and Ziegler touched on the value of offensive linemen that can play multiple positions on the line during the owners’ meetings, on Monday. While Kenyon Green can play both guard and tackle, Washington State’s Abraham Lucas’ future is at tackle and tackle alone. With that in mind, Lucas does have swing tackle ability, which is one thing McDaniels loves about the recently re-signed Brandon Parker.
Lucas is a raw talent that has all the tools; Length, frame, and lateral mobility. He is a work in progress, but he has tremendous potential given his measurables. With the right coaching, which I believe McDaniels has brought in, Lucas is on his way to being a starter at the right tackle spot for years to come.
Don’t let me talk about what he can be in the future fool you, though. Lucas can step in and be the day-one starter with ease, although there could be a slow start out the gate.
This is the only choice on here who hasn’t found himself slipping, albeit he’s still the most likely to be last selected out of these three options. As is, there’s a slight possibility he’ll be there at 86, but if this is their guy, why take the risk?
Lucas was awarded AP first-team All-Pac 12 in 2020.