3-Round Las Vegas Raiders Mock Draft: Defense gets addressed
The Raiders have Matthew Butler and Neil Farrell Jr., but so far, they’ve left a lot to be desired. Clelin Ferrell will likely be gone, finally putting an end to the dreadful first-round draft legacy of Mike Mayock (Jacobs is an exception). Overall, the Raiders’ defensive line needs more reinforcements.
You’ve taken Murphy to help Crosby, but what about a technically sound lineman in Oregon’s Brandon Dorlus?
The Ft. Lauderdale native has been a consistent force for the Ducks’ defense the last couple of years. He’s compiled a notable stat sheet during that stretch, including five sacks and 16 tackles for a loss. He’s compiled a notable stat sheet during that stretch, including five sacks and 16 tackles for a loss.
Much like the two previous selections, Dorlus would be another well-rounded prospect for Graham to mold. His run defense grade in particular is solid this season, currently grading at 74.9.
Like Battle in the second round, Dorlus brings versatility, which we know Graham likes in his defensive players. Capable of lining up inside to bring the heat or, if necessary, setting the edge to help shut down the run game. His tackling is another attribute that the Raiders should take note of. Dorlus has some of the most effective hands of any defensive lineman and combined with a relentless motor and solid upper-body strength, he’ll finesse blockers quickly, bringing down players in the offensive backfield.
He won’t be much use in pursuing or chasing down offensive players, but Dorlus can do more than enough damage by coming straight at them.