The Las Vegas Raiders added some major muscle to their offensive line on Thursday night, selecting Alabama product Alex Leatherwood No. 17 overall.
The 6'5", 312-pound tackle started all 13 games for the Crimson Tide as a senior in 2020, earning All-SEC first team honors as well as being named an unanimous first-team All-America selection.
B/R's NFL Scouting Department compared the Florida native to veteran Michael Oher, grading him a 7.9 out of 10 (potential NFL Starter), though he was projected as No. 7 OT available in the draft. Instead he becomes the fourth offensive lineman selected after Oregon's Penei Sewell went to the Detroit Lions at No. 7, Northwestern's Rashawn Slater joined the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 13 and the New York Jets took Alijah Vera-Tucker out of USC at No. 14
Here's how Leatherwood fits in with the Raiders.
Las Vegas Raiders Depth Chart
QB: Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Nathan Peterman
RB: Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Jalen Richard, Theo Riddick
FB: Alec Ingold
TE: Darren Waller, Foster Moreau, Derek Carrier, Nick O'Leary, Nick Bowers
LWR: Henry Ruggs III, Zay Jones, Marcell Ateman, Trey Quinn
RWR: Bryan Edwards, Willie Snead IV, Keelan Doss
SWR: Hunter Renfrow, John Brown
LT: Kolton Miller, Alex Leatherwood, Jaryd Jones-Smith
LG: Richie Incognito, John Simpson, Alex Leatherwood
C: Nick Martin, Andre James, Erik Magnuson
RG: Denzelle Good, Lester Cotton
RT: Brandon Parker, Kamaal Seymour
The B/R NFL Scouting Department loved Leatherwood's heavy hands and explosiveness off the line, calling him a "powerful run-blocker" with good athletic ability.
Where Leatherwood will have to improve is his vulnerability to cross-chops on the pass rush as well as coverage on angles and double-teams.
With Kolton Miller and Richie Incognito ahead of him on the depth chart, there's plenty of time for Leatherwood to refine his skills without being immediately thrown into high-pressure situations.
After posting the eighth-best offense in the NFL last season (383.3 yards per game), head coach Jon Gruden went to work making sure the unit stays among the best in the sport, landing on Leatherwood and bringing him home to Las Vegas.