Alex Leatherwood is Surprise Pick for Las Vegas Raiders

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April 29, 2021, 10:35 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:35 p.m. ET

Offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood was a surprise pick for the Raiders.
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The Las Vegas Raiders, eager to replenish their offensive line, took Alex Leatherwood of Alabama at No. 17. Last year, Leatherwood (6-foot-5, 312 pounds) won the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman in college football, after allowing just five sacks in 1,400 pass-block snaps. Yet the pick was something of a surprise, because higher-rated linemen were still available.

The Raiders lost Trent Brown, Gabe Jackson and Rodney Hudson this off-season, so they were looking for a lineman to help protect quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders had the 10th best offense in the league last year.

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