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Las Vegas Raiders NFL Draft Prospect: T Dawand Jones, Ohio State

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The Las Vegas Raiders offensive line will likely be a priority this offseason.

Early retirements, injuries and the whole lot else in between depleted the Raiders offensive line throughout the 2022 season.

A complete of six offensive lineman are set to hit free agency, five as unrestricted free agents and one restricted free agent this offseason, which implies the team will likely be busy evaluating their options via free agency and the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Raiders have options this offseason, they’ll go via free agency and pick up just a few veteran lineman to step in and play, or they’ll use the draft to choose up just a few young prospects to fill within the gaps.

Meantime, we’ll be working alongside SI’s Draft Bible to get you the most recent information on any potential offensive lineman prospects that the Raiders may consider drafting.

“We’re going to proceed to seek out players who fit what we search for, and proceed to construct this team in our vision, and I feel we’re going to, at the identical time, our goal is to win football games, and our goal for next yr is to make an improvement over where we were this yr,” Raiders General Manager Dave Ziegler said.

Offensive lineman Dawand Jones, Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes had two great tackles on their starting line this past season and considered one of them is about to get chosen in the primary round, the second, well, he will likely be chosen on Day Two of the draft.

Tackle Dawand Jones manned up at right tackle for the last two years and has played a minimum of three games in his 4 yr profession in Columbus.

“Size is astounding, length and mass that’s visible from the nosebleeds,” said Draft Bible on Jones.

“Naturally wide base that is still consistent throughout his pass set. Hand fighting is non-negotiable. His innate length prohibits pass rushers from reaching his chest. Heavy hands that disrupt defenders attempting to work a move. Plays long through the purpose of attack, as expected together with his frame. Impressive anchor that’s seldom threatened.”

Jones stands at 6-foot-8, 360 kilos, a mountain at right tackle, who allowed just 4 sacks in his four-year profession.

He’s able to taking edge rushers out the sport, and help move players back within the run game.

He won’t be the athletic type, but his strength and great technique makes up for it.

The Raiders have plugged and played different players at right tackle, and while there was some prosperity, it wasn’t consistent.

Jones is a real right tackle that for my part is the perfect at that position and might turn into the missing piece within the Raiders offensive line.

Projected as a day two selection, the Raiders can select an elite prospect in the primary round and later select Jones with one other pick within the later rounds.

Jones has all of the intangibles of becoming the Raiders draft steal on this yr’s draft.

The 2023 NFL Draft is about to start on Thursday, April 27 with the beginning of the primary round.

The NFL Draft will happen in Kansas City, Missouri, which will likely be held at Union Station and it would end with rounds five to seven on Saturday, April 29.

All seven rounds will likely be broadcasted through ESPN, ABC, and NFL Network.

The NFL Scouting Mix is February 28-March 6, 2023, held at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN. March 7, 2023, before 4:00 p.m. EST, is the club’s deadline to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 13-15 is the free agent negotiation period. Throughout the time starting at 12:00 noon EST on March 13 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., Latest York time, on March 15, clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will turn into Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2022 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., Latest York time, on March 15.

The 2023 NFL 12 months and Free Agency period begins at 4:00 p.m. EST on March 15. The Raiders are expected to be significant players within the free-agent market this season.

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