If you were to look at the left side of the Raiders offensive line, you might feel that the Raiders would be okay. John Simpson has really struggled most of the season, but Kolton Miller has played like a top 10 offensive tackle the entire year. If you were to look at the right side of the Raiders offensive line, you would think they were one of the worst in the NFL.
Brandon Parker has struggled his entire career with the Raiders, and rookie offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood has looked like a mess his first season in the NFL. It goes without saying, but the Raiders need help on the offensive line.
While Petit-Frere played the entirety of this season at left tackle and the Raiders will be looking for a right tackle, the good thing for both sides is that Petit-Frere took plenty of snaps at right tackle during the 2020 season.
Looking at the positives surrounding Petit-Frere, he has one of the best anchors in this class. Petit-Freres’s ability to drop his weight and absorb bull rushes is at a quality level,l despite his young age. One other thing that has impressed me with Petit-Frere is his hand usage and his ability to keep himself clean.
While there are some things that he needs to work on, particularly his pass sets, being able to grab a prospect of his caliber in the 2nd round would be a great pickup for the Raiders.
Other Players Considered: George Pickens, Jackson Kirkland, Coby Bryant
You could make an argument that the three positions that the Raiders need the most help at is wide receiver, offensive tackle, and cornerback, and in their first three picks of this mock draft, they have addressed all three positions with quality players.
Marcus Jones, like Jameson Williams somewhat, was that he wasn’t high on many people’s draft boards. One reason why Jones may have not been thought of very highly because before he played at the University of Houston, he played at Troy. Since he joined Houston he’s shown he can be a quality cornerback at a more competitive school.
Jones is one of the smaller cornerbacks in the draft at 5’8, but he’s shown the ability to still be able to cover bigger receivers as he uses his speed to his advantage and even talked about “playing to his advantages” with his speed and his ability to play the ball on the PFF Tailgate podcast.
Other players considered: Alontae Taylor, JoJo Domann, Cade Otton