Reached the final position needed by the Las Vegas Raiders in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Raiders desperately need a frontline defense and a long-term response in the trenches. Tackles He has Colton Miller and guard Dylan Parham locking down the left flank, but the Raiders should be looking to add some answers on the right.
This offensive line draft features players predicted to be cornerstones of the franchise and high risers with a lot of potential. Whoever is at quarterback for the Raiders next year, he needs to stand upright. Let’s take a look at the prospects for the top five offensive lines in the 2023 NFL Draft.
— Paris Johnson Jr., T, Ohio: Paris Johnson Jr. is widely considered to be one of the top 10 overall players in this draft class and one of the top two offensive linemen . Johnson’s height is 6 years old to 6 years old and he weighs 310 pounds. He is an elite run blocker who completes every play and excels in pass protection due to his flexibility and athleticism. The variety should appeal to Las Vegas. The Raiders have several options when drafting Johnson. Like Miller, Johnson can play either tackle he can play in the spot.
— Peter Skollonski, T, Northwestern: If Paris Johnson Jr. isn’t the frontrunner on the offensive line, it’s Peter Skollonski. The Lymington Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year allowed only six pressures all season and had zero sacks. He’s doing a good job of winning points in attack and reaching the second level. He’s a strong blocker in the running game and a solid pass protector.Skolonski can play in either spot on the line.He’s one tackle already.Like Johnson, the Raiders are the starting point. Should be available when picked in a round. Skoronski could make his tackle a longstanding franchise.
— Broderick Jones, T, GA: Broderick Jones, a high riser for the last few weeks, is an elite athlete in his position. He has his 6-4 record, weighs in at 310 pounds, and is the 2022 quarterback with his only one hit and no sacks. He’s still pretty immature for the position, but he’s already good at run blocks.Jones’ pass still has a way to go in his block, but he has the potential to be very good. His stock has risen recently, so it might make sense for the Raiders to pick him wherever he finishes in the first round.
–O’Cyrus Torrence, G, FL: O’Cyrus Torrence looks for an interior lineman that ticks all the boxes when it comes to size. At 6-5 inches tall and weighing 347 pounds, he makes an absolute wall in his game of running. He’s still far from a finished product and needs work in the technical department, but he has all the potential and athleticism to be a very good guard for a long time. Torrence may be available, in which case it would be wise to hire him.
— John Michael Schmitz, C, MN: The top-ranked center in this draft class, John Michael Schmitz allowed no quarterback hits or sacks in his senior season with the Golden Gophers. Schmitz is a smart soccer player who can read defense and make all the correct blocks as a center. He has some work to do in pass protection, but he has the physical makeup to hold up in that department. Schmitz is a player who likely won’t be out in the first round, and if the Raiders want to find a future centerpiece in the second or third rounds, he could be their guy.
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