Raiders 2022 two-deep analysis and predictions: Offensive line
RG1: Dylan Parham
Before we dive into the starting right guard situation, let me quickly touch on the RG2. There will be no second right guard here, being Eluemunor is marked as both LG2 and RG2. Similarly, there will be no RT2, as Parker should fill both roles.
The chances Parham is going to start this season are astronomically high. The first-year Raider will play somewhere in the middle of the offensive line, more than likely at a guard spot, given James’ dominance in the latter half of the ’21 season. In comparison, no guard on Las Vegas’ roster shared James’ success for any stretch of the year.
Realistically, it makes sense for Parham to play at either left or right guard, being he has experience on both sides. Furthermore, his [projected] counterpart, Denzelle Good, has ample experience on the right. That said, Good has filled in on the left side over the last two seasons, while Parham is fresh off of a year in which he was glued to right guard. In the end, there’s no reason to change that.
In his 545 pass protection snaps, Parham gave up a total of zero sacks last season, during what was his final year at Memphis. On top of that, the third-round pick only allowed his quarterback to be hit twice throughout the year. This led Parham to receive 2021 First-Team All-AAC honors.
Parham does have experience at the tackle position, where he’s played quite well. During the ’20 season, the Memphis offensive lineman earned a PFF grade of 90.6, starting each game he appeared in at the right tackle position. While his skill set doesn’t translate well on the outside at the NFL level, the added experience at another position never hurts, especially in a pinch.