After drafting P.J. Hall with the 57th overall pick, Jon Gruden and the Raiders jumped back into the second round trading up with the Ravens at 65th overall. Oakland gave up picks 75, 152, and 212 to get the deal done.
And with the 65th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected North Carolina A&T offensive tackle Brandon Parker. Despite using their first round pick on an offense tackle, Parker will have a chance to compete for a starting spot as the Raiders could save over $8 million from cutting Donald Penn.
Parker is listed at 6’7”, 305 lbs and was a four year starter in college. Despite his size, Parker moves well in space which will help him when facing quick edge rushers. He also has long arms that help him to create a powerful punch on opponents.
It was reported earlier in the day that Jon Gruden could take another offensive tackle in round two, leave it to ‘Chucky’ to do just that. The Raiders head coach knows better than anyone that the Raiders success is dependent on Derek Carr’s health.