canada africa partner reservation Anonymous Executive Blast Raiders’ Draft selection

Anonymous Executive Blast Raiders’ Draft selection

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The Las Vegas Raiders have addressed a lot of needs in the NFL Draft. However, their draft, which was considered successful by many, started with an unexpected twist when they selected tight end Brock Bowers with the 13th overall pick.

While Bowers was by far the best player available, the Raiders didn’t need a tight end as they traded up in the second round of last year’s draft to select arguably the best tight end in that draft, Michael Mayer.

Bowers and Mayer are undoubtedly two of the best players to appear in the National Football League over the past decade, but it was unexpected that the Raiders selected Bowers. Most expected the Raiders to select an offensive lineman or a cornerback.

When asked, an unnamed NFL executive believes Bowers’ selection stemmed from the Raiders expecting quarterback Michael Penix or one of the top offensive linemen at 13th overall to fall to them.

Our previous coverage told you that the Raiders targeted Taliese Fuaga, the OT from Oregon State. He was still available when the Silver and Black picked, but the Raiders who loved Bowers never imagined the Georgia star would be on the board.

However, this executive felt that with Penix being selected much earlier than expected and with many of the top offensive linemen not already on the board, the Raiders were faced with drafting the best player available or drafting a lineup for need. They chose to draft the best player available.

According to The Athletic, “I think they were stuck when Atlanta acquired (Michael) Penix and they said, ‘Oh, crap, we might not get a quarterback to fall for us,’ and they scrambled and took that kid,” the unnamed said executive. “He’s a good player, but a luxury product. I don’t like those kinds of choices unless you have everything else.

The Raiders have a unique talent in Bowers and are revamping their offense to be just as explosive, which Bowers can help with. The unnamed executive believes new Raiders Offensive Coordinator Luke Getsy will have to come up with creative ways to create openings for Bowers.

“Bowers is not like Dalton Kincaid, where you can create separation in the normal flow of the offense,” the director said. ‘You have to move him. He would be ideal in San Francisco or Miami. While Kincaid is special at the top of the route, Bowers is hit once, catches it, breaks three tackles and is away. Hopefully they have a good plan for him because he can do really unique things with the ball.”

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