Raiders 2022 two-deep analysis and predictions: Offensive line
RT1: Alex Leatherwood
Year-one wasn’t too kind to the versatile Alabama alum. Totaling the third-highest penalties committed with 14, accompanied by 8 sacks given up, a PFF grade of 45.0 met Leatherwood at the season’s end.
Leatherwood struggled during most of his rookie year, where he started at right tackle before converting to right guard. As the year went on, the Raiders’ ’21 first-round pick showed steady improvement, playing a key part in the final contest of the regular season. Facing the Las Angeles Chargers with the postseason on the line, Leatherwood allowed only 2 pressures all game, with zero sacks.
While the best moments in Leatherwood’s rookie season took place at right guard, there’s no real reason to believe the second-year Raider can’t apply what experience he gained at the pro level back to the tackle position. Leatherwood was drafted by Las Vegas to be the right tackle of the future, and while the staff who brought him in with that vision is now gone, it still makes the most sense.
The Las Vegas Raiders must get it right up front along the offensive line, and right tackle Alex Leatherwood is key to their success in 2022.
There will be a part of Raider Nation who isn’t too thrilled with this Leatherwood and right tackle partnership, but there is a silver lining: If for whatever reason the experiment goes south again, the Raiders can painlessly move to the Miller, Leatherwood, James, Parham, Parker (left to right) line mentioned earlier. There’s an incredible amount of versatility on this offensive line, and Leatherwood is no exception.