Las Vegas Raiders 2023 3-round Mock Draft: Take best player available?
In this scenario, the Raiders take offensive linemen in back-to-back picks. While Dylan Parham has played remarkably well when given the opportunity, he has shined as a right tackle. Personally speaking, I do believe we’ll see the carousel approach once again in 2023. McDaniels likes to try out as many combinations as he can and, in effect, prepare his linemen for a litany of scenarios.
Adding USC product Andrew Vorhees to the mix makes a lot of sense. While playing with the Trojans, Vorhees saw much playing time at left tackle and guard, as well as right guard, making him another pivotal swing lineman that would flourish with the Raiders.
Honestly speaking, Vorhees might not drop to the third, though not playing in the embarrassment that was the Pac-12 championship saved some of his draft stock. Regardless, in the scenario we ran, Vorhees was available here. The Raiders would be foolish to pass on him if he’s there.
According to PFF, Vorhees’ grades certainly check out. In run blocking, the publication graded him at 82.5; meanwhile, Vorhees excelled at pass protection with an 80.1 grade.
One of the biggest traits that stand out for Vorhees is his explosiveness; his physical game is something to be admired. He dominates incoming defenders thanks to his raw power and size (six-foot-six and 325 pounds) and simply plows through them, especially when he’s opening up holes.
Another positive trait is Vorhees’ ability to neutralize the bull rush, which is big coming into the NFL. Given his size, strength, and solid foundation in terms of intelligence and abilities as a blocker, he’d be an absolute steal in the third round.