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Fantasy impact of the Raiders 2021 NFL Draft selections

We take a look at the fantasy football impact of the Las Vegas Raiders’ selections in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Las Vegas Raiders center Rodney Hudson (61) during a game between the Denver Broncos and the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High on January 3, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Raiders have made some odd decisions this offseason. Trading away Trent Brown was one of those moves. They now have a hole at right tackle and should look at filling that with their first round pick. They also need help at guard and since this draft is fairly deep with strong offensive linemen, I’d expect a couple OL picks in their first four selections. Derek Carr needs that protection that he is used to for their offense to have a chance to compete with a high flying AFC West.

Otherwise they will look to feel needs in the secondary and defensive line. But, for their fantasy projections, we really need to see them get better on the offensive line. If they don’t, I’ll worry about the offensive skill position players more than usual.

Las Vegas Raiders 2021 Draft selections

No. 17: Alex Leatherwood, OL
No. 43 (via SF): Trevon Moehrig, S
No. 79: Malcolm Koonce, DE
No. 80: Devine Deablo, S
No. 143: Tyree Gillespie, S
No. 167: Nate Hobbs, CB
No. 230: Jimmy Morrissey, C

Fantasy football impact

The Raiders make a pick at a much needed position, but for an offensive lineman who was graded as a second or third round pick. But this isn’t a draft grade and Leatherwood should help out an offensive line that needs the help. Derek Carr can’t play at his barely above-average self without a strong offensive line.