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Las Vegas Raiders 2024 NFL Draft picks, analysis and rookie spotlight |  NFL draft

Las Vegas Raiders 2024 NFL Draft picks, analysis and rookie spotlight | NFL draft

The 2024 NFL Draft is now in the rear view mirror. After a series of selections from April 25 to 27, 257 players were selected for the NFL.

With that we give you our full summary of the Las Vegas Raiders‘ draft, featuring analysis of every selection the team made over the weekend and an in-depth look at their top pick.

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Draft picks for 2024

Bowers— With the top six quarterbacks off the board, the Raiders are going with a “best available player” approach despite taking tight end Michael Mayer in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Bowers is a versatile offensive weapon and should be an immediate impact player thanks to what he can do with the ball in his hands. Bowers’ 689 receiving yards after contact during his college career at Georgia are more than any other tight end since PFF began tracking college football in 2014.

Powers Johnson — Powers-Johnson’s slide ends with the Raiders selecting the interior offensive lineman with positional versatility. They struggled mightily at the guard positions in 2023, and current center Andre James was PFF’s ninth-ranked player at the position. Powers-Johnson allowed just one quarterback pressure on 481 pass-blocking snaps in 2023 and is PFF’s highest-rated college center since 2022 (91.5).

Glaze — The Raiders double down on the offensive line on Day 2, selecting Maryland’s Delmar Glaze, a stretch compared to the PFF big board and consensus boards. Glaze performed well in 2023, posting an 83.6 pass-blocking grade, but his movement skills are a bit lacking for an NFL tackle, making him a better option on the interior.

Richardson- Richardson is a plus player against the run and posted a career-best run defense grade of 75.9 PFF in 2023. Last season he missed just 3.9% of his tackle attempts.

Eichenberg — Eichenberg had a whopping 75 combined run stops in 2022 and 2023, the highest mark among Big Ten linebackers. During that span, he also collected 29 tackles for loss or no gain, which ranked third in the conference.

Laube — Laube should have a role on special teams and as a receiving threat out of the backfield for the Raiders. He racked up more than 700 receiving yards with 23 forced missed tackles after the catch in his final season at New Hampshire, and he earned a PFF grade of 80.0 in each of the past three seasons.

Taylor Taylor won the 2023 Jim Thorpe Award for the best defensive back in college football. Last year he earned an overall grade of 89.0, fourth among all safeties. On 39 throws in coverage, he allowed just 22 catches for 202 yards and one score.

Devonshire — During his final two years with Pittsburgh, Devonshire forced 18 incompletion coverages, the sixth-best mark among ACC cornerbacks. He also allowed just 45% of passes thrown in his coverage to be caught, the sixth-best mark in the conference.

Rookie Spotlight: TE Brock Bowers, Georgia

Scouting overview

Bowers is one of the most versatile prospects to ever enter the NFL.

He was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Year in 2021. In his sophomore and junior seasons, he was named an All-American and won the John Mackey Award.

His build speed is good for the NFL, which is why he has elite post-catch ability. He also has some of the strongest hands you’ll find for a tight end.

As a blocker, he might be the strongest pound-for-pound tight end you can find. His versatility allows him to be an elite pre-snap movement piece, as defenses must take into account where he is at all times and in all formations.

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Wins above average

WAA represents the number of wins a player is worth compared to an average college football player and is a metric that evaluators can use to assess performance. It combines how well a player has performed in each facet of the game (based on PFF grades) and how valuable each facet is to winning football games.

The result is a unique metric that enables cross-positional valuation and predicts future value at the player and team level.

Bowers’ wins above average (WAA) since 2021.
How Bowers scores in the stable statistics
Bowers’ percentile is among the most stable receiving metrics since 2021.

Bowers is a dynamic playmaker who was rated as one of the best tight ends in PFF College history. He averaged 2.64 yards per route run and 8.5 yards after the catch per reception over his career, which would have ranked first among all NFL tight ends last season.

The Georgia product isn’t the biggest, but he ranked in the 80th percentile of contested catch percentage for his career.

If he doesn’t look like your typical tight end, it’s because he isn’t. Bowers has been lined up in the slot or as an outside receiver on 1,033 snaps and as an in-line tight end on 876 snaps. Whichever team chooses him in April will get an elite weapon.

it comes down to

Besides being on the small side, Bowers is a dream tight end prospect who can be an impact player in the slot, out wide and in the lane. Add to that his reliable blocking ability on the line and in space, and you have an ultimate chess piece offensive weapon with All-Pro potential.