Kolton Miller, Raiders Agree to 4-Year Rookie Contract

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2018

Oakland Raiders draft pick Kolton Miller stands between coach Jon Gruden, left, and General Manager Reggie McKenzie after an NFL football media conference Friday, April 26, 2018, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Kolton Miller is officially a member of the Oakland Raiders.

On Friday, the Raiders announced they agreed to terms with Miller on a four-year rookie contract. 

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, each draft slot is assigned a certain financial value, meaning there's not as much jostling as there used to be. There is, however, certain contract language that players, agents or teams are looking to include, which could hold up negotiations.

The two sides managed to come to an agreement, with both eager to get to work.

"It's really great," the former UCLA lineman said during his introductory press conference, per Raiders.com. "It's only a short drive away. That was sort of a hometown team, a lot of great fans."

After Oakland traded down from No. 10 to No. 15, Miller became the first draft pick in Jon Gruden's second stint with the Raiders. While some believed it was a reach, the coach made it clear at the introductory press conference that the 6'9", 309-pound Miller is a great fit for Oakland:

"Reggie and I really have a lot of respect for this man's athleticism, number one. He can pass protect. You can use him a lot of different ways. He can pull, he can redirect. He's got a huge upside at a position that's very hard to find. In the AFC West right now, the people that you have to block, Kolton, hate to break it to you but they're pretty good. He's got versatility, he can play right tackle, he can play left tackle. He's got the right stuff inside. He's going to be a huge part of our future. He's playing a position that, like I said, is very hard to find these days."

Now Miller has a chance to start proving to the critics that the team made the right pick.   

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