Raiders pass up defensive upgrades to make addition to o-line

Oakland secures UCLA OT Kolton Miller after trading down

Tommy Call
April 26, 2018 - 8:04 pm

After trading from No. 10 to No. 15, the Raiders grabbed offensive tackle Kolton Miller out of UCLA on Thursday night.

Now the work begins.

Miller has potential, but right now that’s really all he’s got. Before we get into that, let’s look at the positives:

He fills a need. The Raiders need a tackle for the future to protect Derek Carr. Breno Giacomini and Vadal Alexander aren’t the best options at tackle opposite of Donald Penn. He should immediately compete for the starting right tackle position while he waits in the wings for Penn to retire.

Miller is another modern day athletic tackle who showed out at the combine. He has long arms that can consistley shut down pass rushers’ first step. Miller also showed versatility in college switching from right to left tackle in college. He also showed the ability to

Now the negatives.

Miller needs serious work. He needs to develop as a professional. Although I have faith Miller can get it done, the man spearheading his development scares me. It was already a surprise Tom Cable was even offered a job, now you trust him with mentoring your first-round draft pick? Not good. As much as offensive tackle was a need for the Raiders, the players they decided to pass is what’s really disappointing.

A trio of impact defensive players were available when the Raiders were on the clock: Tremaine Edmunds, Jaire Alexander and Derwin James all would’ve been upgrades for the Raiders defense.

They decided to pass for a developmental offensive lineman. I get wanting to protect your high-priced quarterback, but the Raiders already have one of the most expensive offensive lines in the league and now they use a top 15 pick on drafting another.

The biggest positive about the Raiders draft so far is the fact they added picks but, instead of using those for the future the Raiders decided to trade a 3rd round pick to the Steelers for troubled wide receiver Martavis Bryant.

Bryant does provide a much needed spark to Oakland’s offense, but they’re still lacking on the defensive side of the ball. Reggie Mckenzie doesn’t have time to watch a guy like Miller develop. If Miller doesn’t contribute quickly Mckenzie could be gone by the time Miller becomes the player he drafted him to be.

The Raiders get a D for this pick.

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