Chris Hinton’s NFL pedigree stems from his father, who was a seven-time Pro Bowler in his own right. However, the former Michigan Wolverine made a name for himself and is a notable defensive tackle prospect, a position that the Raiders need to replenish.
Johnathan Hankins will be back, but the rest of the defensive line’s interior feels like it was hastily put together with not much in the way of any big-name additions. Drafting a defensive tackle that can see meaningful snaps from the outset would be a smart play.
While Hinton’s pass-rushing contributions will be minor at first, he does have the natural ability (such as excellent lower body strength) to one day have those skills refined. In fact, PFF also seems to be high on his potential in that department; they graded him at 70.9 in pass rushing.
As far as defending the run, this is where Hinton can help the Raiders immediately. He possesses the skill to hold his own when protecting his gaps and can free himself from double teams consistently. His upper body strength is above average, which helps him rip blocks after blockers engage him off the snap.
However, Hinton has quick hands and feet, which help him set the tempo in defending the run. Much like Flott, Hinton will need some time as he transitions to the NFL, but it could be a worthwhile investment for Graham’s defense.