Mid-Round Pick Looks to be the “Boom or Bust” Prospect of the Raiders’ Draft

Offensive tackle was one of the Raiders’ obvious roster needs going into the draft, and when Georgia tight end Brock Bowers fell to the 13th pick, the decision was made by GM Tom Telesco to address the offensive line later in the draft.

It wasn’t until the third round that the Raiders drafted an offensive tackle and the selection of Maryland OT Delmar Glaze has probably been their most criticized pick.

The Draft Network called Glaze one of the biggest reaches in the draft, and Pro Football Focus shared a similar sentiment on the pick…

“This was the biggest reach of the draft so far based on big boards. Glaze was the 77th pick in the draft, but he ranked 257th on PFF’s big board, a projected late seventh-rounder or an undrafted free agent. Glaze’s production at Maryland was very consistent, as he graded out in the low 70s in each of the past three seasons, but his athleticism leaves a lot to be desired and his future may be at guard rather than tackle.”

Glaze is versatile (he started 17 games at right tackle and 15 games at left tackle) and was considered one of the better pass blockers entering the draft. He has all the physical tools to be a starting offensive tackle in the NFL and some have suggested that he will thrive under NFL coaching.

On his Las Vegas Raiders Insider podcast this week, Sports Illustrated‘s Hondo Carpenter said Glaze responded extremely well to coaching at the Senior Bowl and was one of the most improved players among the group that week.

“I was told from day three on through the actual Senior Bowl, he was the best tackle. He dominated. The Raiders love his fight [and] his fury, but they also liked his coachability,” Carpenter said.

Bobby Football on Twitter: “Delmar Glaze had a phenomenal Senior Bowl week and showed off his terrific feet and balance in pass protection. Interested to see if he can win Raiders RT job as a rookie pic.twitter.com/prOvhmlrVe / Twitter”

Delmar Glaze had a phenomenal Senior Bowl week and showed off his terrific feet and balance in pass protection. Interested to see if he can win Raiders RT job as a rookie pic.twitter.com/prOvhmlrVe

It will be interesting to see how the offensive tackle position shakes out for the Raiders over the course of training camp. The team is expected to emphasize the running game under first-year offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and Glaze didn’t perform particularly well as a run blocker at Maryland.

Thayer Munford Jr. and newly-signed veteran Andrus Peat will also factor into the competition at right tackle.

x: @raidersbeat

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