The Raiders got Twitter talking on Thursday as they selected Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood with pick No. 17 in the NFL Draft.
Here’s what Twitter had to say ... and most of it wasn’t good.
This is the team’s official reaction, which is positive at least!
Raiders reach again?
If you’re shocked by the Raiders’ pick, making a surprising move in the first round isn’t anything uncommon for them.
4th overall in 2019: DE Clelin Ferrell— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 30, 2021
19th overall in 2020: CB Damon Arnette
17th overall in 2021: OT Alex Leatherwood
No team is more likely to surprise in round one than the Raiders.
No one expected Leatherwood to go this early:
Alabama tackle Alex Leatherwood is the pick. I had him being a very good second-round option for Raiders. Oh well.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) April 30, 2021
Raiders select Alex Leatherwood, Bama OT— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2021
PFF Draft Board rank: 40
Drafted: 17th pic.twitter.com/1PaRbnOuxZ
Alex Leatherwood is my No. 69 overall player.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 30, 2021
Last year, Damon Arnette was my No. 99 overall player.#Raiders took both in Round 1
The #Raiders came into the draft hoping an OT would fall to them. At No. 17, it’s Alabama OT Alex Leatherwood. A surprise is an understatement.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 30, 2021
During the last two weeks, 1734 users selected Alex Leatherwood for the Las Vegas Raiders in the Mock Draft Simulator, but only 137 did it at pick 17.— Moo (@PFF_Moo) April 30, 2021
Apparently he has lots of memes in his phone ...
I know we all have some really fun photos in our phone, but over 1,000?!? We gotta see what some of these pictures are.
It looks like it could be a good pick ...
Although a lot of people are hating on the pick, there is some optimism that it was a good pick made.
•2x CFP National Champ— KD ➐ (@notkdk3) April 29, 2021
•Jacobs Blocking Trophy
•Joe Moore Award
•2x First-Team All-SEC
•2x SEC Champ
•USA Today High School All-American
Alex Leatherwood pic.twitter.com/VL75yWY1Na
#Raiders get Alex Leatherwood: "To be able to run the way he does and be as powerful as he is, he’s a top 1% guy... he can also do something a lot of those guys can’t—and that’s move guys off the line of scrimmage in the run game." https://t.co/lXpMiDiveb— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 30, 2021
Even this former Raider loved it:
Love the pick at 17. Alex Leatherwood welcome to THE RAIDERS!!— Lincoln Kennedy (@LKennedy72) April 30, 2021