The Raiders released tackle Alex Leatherwood on Tuesday, only a yr after taking him with the seventeenth general choose within the 2021 NFL draft. Cutting a first-round draft choose after only one season is a surprising transfer — besides that with Raiders draft picks of the Jon Gruden/Mike Mayock period, it’s truly not a lot of a shock.
Gruden was the Raiders’ head coach and Mayock the overall supervisor for 3 drafts, 2019-2021, and the Raiders made some astonishingly dangerous picks throughout that point.
Leatherwood is definitely the third consecutive Raiders first-round draft choose to not even make it by way of two years on the roster: The Raiders had two first-round picks in 2020, Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette, they usually have been each launched in the course of the 2021 season.
The Raiders had three first-round picks in 2019, and people three fared higher — however not rather a lot higher: Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram have all struggled to make a significant affect, and the Raiders didn’t choose up the fifth-year choice on any of their contracts.
And the dangerous drafting below Gruden and Mayock went past the primary spherical. Trayvon Mullen, the Raiders’ 2019 second-round choose, was traded to the Cardinals yesterday for a conditional seventh-round choose. The Raiders had three third-round picks in 2020 — Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards and Tanner Muse — and none of them continues to be with the workforce, both.
First-year Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels and basic supervisor Dave Ziegler didn’t inherit rather a lot of good younger expertise once they took over the workforce that Gruden and Mayock left behind. The Raiders’ draft picks of current years have been rather a lot of misses.