Raiders: What to expect in Year 2 for the 2021 NFL Draft picks
If there was one big disappointment from the 2021 NFL Draft class for the Raiders, it was their first pick, Alex Leatherwood. A bit of a surprising pick for the team in the first round, Leatherwood was instantly inserted as the right tackle, as the franchise took the same approach they took with Kolton Miller a few years back.
As a rookie, just like Miller, Leatherwood struggled, but instead of the team trotting him out there every week like they did with Miller, they moved him inside to right guard. While that could have hurt his spirits, it appears Leatherwood has taken the other route, gotten in great shape, and has been at right tackle early in OTAs.
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The hope for all Raiders fans is that Leatherwood can progress the way Miller did, improving in Year 2, and eventually becoming an anchor for this Raiders offensive line. He is going to have a chance to prove that he is the right guy to man the right tackle spot, but this regime did not draft him, and will not hesitate to move him if need be.
Projection: Starting Right Tackle