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  Under general manager Mike Mayock, the Las Vegas Raiders have marched to the beat of their own drummer in the NFL Draft. The selection of Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the fourth choice in the 2019 draft came under immediate fire, and second-guessing came with the addition of Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette at No. 19 last year, too. After Mayock chose Alabama offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood with the 17th choice in the NFL Draft on Thursday night, he said he "knew it would be controversial. Completely understand that." "When we made the pick, we had the TVs on," Mayock said, "and, obviously, I forget which group it was, but they were saying, 'They could have had him in the second round and blah, blah, blah,' so I understand that the fan base is going to listen to that and the fan base is going to question it."

The Detroit Lions made the first pick of an offensive tackle on Thursday night by choosing Oregon's Penei Sewell at No. 7. Northwestern's Rashawn Slater went next at No. 13 to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders took Leatherwood over Virginia Tech's Christian Darrisaw, who went to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 23, as well as Oklahoma State's Teven Jenkins, whom nfl.com rated as a better pro prospect than Leatherwood. Leatherwood said he didn't buy into the second-round tag placed on him by so many talent evaluators and mock drafters. "By no means was I surprised," Leatherwood said about being the 17th selection. "I'm not the type of dude to fall into the media hype, the mock drafts and all that good stuff, so I just did what I could do well, you know what I mean? Did the best that I could do and trusted the process, and it all went great. - Birmingham News


(DS#5 OT) Sr/2021 OT Alex LeatherwoodAlabama
News Source: Birmingham News


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