Alex Leatherwood: Raiders’ futility with first-round picks continues

The Las Vegas Raiders launched 2021 first-round decide Alex Leatherwood on Tuesday afternoon, persevering with a traditionally dangerous draft streak.

First-round picks with the Las Vegas Raiders hit much less typically than an inside straight on the river.

On Tuesday, new Raiders normal supervisor Dave Ziegler continued to distance his regime from the prior one comprised of Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden. Ziegler launched 2021 first-round decide Alex Leatherwood, initially taking part in proper deal with earlier than a aborted try at proper guard.

For Leatherwood, it makes one of many shortest stints for a high decide in current NFL reminiscence. The previous Alabama Crimson Tide All-American performed just one season however struggled badly sufficient at two positions each final yr and on this preseason to now not benefit a roster spot.

Raiders launch former first-round decide Alex Leatherwood

As a result of Leatherwood doesn’t have six years of NFL service time, he’ll undergo the waiver wire, with each staff having a possibility to say him. Ought to a number of groups put in a declare, the 23-year-old would go to the franchise which had the worst report in ’21. Nevertheless, it’s extremely unlikely anyone claims Leatherwood, as stated staff would want to soak up his rookie deal. It’s virtually sure he’ll cross via waivers earlier than being signed as an unrestricted free agent.

Whereas the transfer definitely displays on Leatherwood’s potential to showcase his skills in Las Vegas, it’s a much bigger indictment on the previous regime.

Below Mayock, the Raiders had six first-round picks between 2019-21. Whereas security Johnathan Abram, edge rusher Clelin Ferrell and operating again Josh Jacobs stay on the roster, all are pending free brokers after their fifth-year choices had been declined. In the meantime, Leatherwood has been launched, and each 2020 first-rounders in receiver Henry Ruggs III and nook Damon Arnette are now not with the staff after off-field incidents.