Primary Needs: 

OT, IOL

Christian Darrisaw

OT

Virginia Tech

Potential Upside

OVERALL RK:

11

POS. RK:

2

PLAYER EVALUATION

Darrisaw consistently improved while at Va Tech. He is known more as an excellent pass blocker who wins with his feet in pass protection. Speed rushers beware; Darrisaw understands how to defend against versatile rushers who like to throw changeups in the middle of pass rush. He improved in this area over the years, proving he can win one on one in space vs. athletic defenders. As a run blocker, he is agile; he can locate a defender and latch on in space. The knock-on Darrisaw can have moments of inconsistency or a half-hearted effort that happens far less in 2020 than previous years, proving his consistent upward arch of improvement.

TEAM ANALYSIS

Other Considerations If Available:

Best Available OL or Notre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah or Mizzou LB Nick Bolton or Alabama IDL Christian Barmore or Miami EDGE Gregory Rousseau Trade Up or Trade Back

The Raiders must improve their defense at all three levels. They need to start by finding a leader who can lead the middle of the defense, but if presented with the opportunity to draft Notre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, they might sprint to the podium. Another longshot would be if Penn State LB Micah Parsons were to fall into their lap. The Raider's position in the draft provides an option like Mizzou LB Nick Bolton, a consistent leader, that could develop into the Raiders version of Luke Kuechly or Tulsa's versatile LB Zaven Collins, who might be the most undervalued of all the LB's. Collins provides the speed, power, and versatility that Raiders need. Collins is a consistent playmaker. The other options of need are on the defensive front. They can go with the best available EDGE rusher or IDL. If they skip on drafting a LB in round one and go with the best available EDGE rusher, they have options at LB in round two, but the LB options will be less consistent players, so making the right choice will be critical. We are going to project that the Raiders take a LB and go with the versatile Zaven Collins from Tulsa.

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