Raiders Day 2 prospect watch: Cole Strange, OL, Tennessee-Chattanooga
Strange was measured at six-foot-five, 307 pounds with 33-inch arms at the NFL Combine. Overall, he had a notable outing in Indianapolis, posting a 5.03 time in his 40-yard dash to go with 31 reps in his bench press. He rounded off that performance with a 120-inch broad jump and a 28-inch vertical. The Raiders need to solidify their offensive line, and with Strange, they could be getting a long-term starter at left guard who can also play left tackle in a pinch.
A First Team, All-Southern Conference selection, Strange has a standard frame but makes up for it with excellent lateral quickness and play recognition. Perhaps he could play center in the NFL one day. In fact, his ability to pick up blitzes and recognize the defense is one of his best traits; he has a high football IQ.
One of the things that he can help the Raiders with from the outset is run blocking, which is key in McDaniels’ offense. A lot of that stems from having played in a run-heavy scheme in college. Strange’s footwork and movement are other strengths that will serve him well.
He retains an ability to get off defenders at the point of attack and penetrate into the defense’s second level and open running lanes. A potential third or fourth-round choice, Strange could help the Raiders as a swing player until he becomes an everyday starter at one of the guard slots.