OT - LV
Week 3 Outlook
OT Alex Leatherwood, the 17th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has officially signed his rookie deal with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Leatherwood is yet another dominant, big-bodied tackle to get drafted out of the University of Alabama. The Raiders traded away former Pro-Bowl C Rodney Hudson to Arizona this offseason but Leatherwood's signing should help protect Derek Carr against edge rushers despite a lackluster interior offensive line. The 6'5", 312-pound tackle will also be pivotal in sealing run blocks to allow Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake to produce throughout the 2021 season.
The Las Vegas Raiders have selected OL Alex Leatherwood with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Leatherwood wasn't necessarily expected to be taken in Round 1, but the Raiders are known to take their guys. Additionally, they wanted to continue bolstering their offensive line. Leatherwood has some positional versatility along the O-line, and he'll aim to boost Vegas' running game in 2021.