Wilson: Raiders' decision to draft OT Alex Leatherwood in first round 'confusing'


On Thursday night, the Las Vegas Raiders bolstered their offensive line by drafting Alabama tackle Alex Leatherwood with the No. 17 overall pick. But was this decision a classic case of overreaching?

CBS Sports NFL draft analyst Ryan Wilson joined The DA Show on Friday to discuss Las Vegas' first-round strategy, and whether the franchise deserves criticism for the pick.

"Confusing is the best way to put it," Wilson said. "And on some level, this feels like the [defensive end] Clelin Ferrell pick a few years ago -- when Mike Mayock just got there as the GM and of course, Jon Gruden was the coach -- because he felt over-drafted. And to this point, Clelin Ferrell is a first-round talent who was over-drafted inside the top-five... They needed help on the offensive line because of the bunch of crazy things that Jon Gruden did over the course of the offseason. That said, they literally could've picked anyone on defense and made that defense better.

"And here's how I come out of the first round: you look at the pick and say, 'Okay, is the team better now than they were before Thursday.' And the Raiders are not. They're not. They drafted Alex Leatherwood, who can help, but it's not a substantial upgrade, which is what you need in these first-round picks. So, puzzling is where I would put this."

Leatherwood, who stands in at 6-foot-5 and weighs 312 pounds, was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide, and ranked the ninth-best offensive tackle on Pro Football Focus' NFL Draft Big Board. Following the first round of the draft, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock addressed the pick with the media, stating that Leatherwood "was the highest-rated player on our board at that time."

Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft will take place Friday night, and Las Vegas currently owns one second-round pick (16th, No. 48 overall) and two third-rounders (16th, No. 79; 17th, No. 80).

The entire NFL Draft conversation between Wilson and DA can be accessed in the video and audio players above.

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