The draft will be held in Las Vegas on the strip in the area adjacent to Caesars Forum two years after it was initially scheduled. The 2020 NFL draft was turned into a virtual event because of COVID-19.
Here’s a pick-by-pick look at how each player Las Vegas has selected will fit.
Round 3, No. 90 overall: Dylan Parham, OL, Memphis
My take: The Raiders’ biggest need coming into the draft was on the offensive line — didn’t matter whether at tackle or on the interior. In Parham, Las Vegas has a versatile former high school tight end and linebacker who probably best translates to center, which is interesting in that the Raiders’ previous regime anointed Andre James as its center of the future last year. And if Parham translates as a guard, he brings athleticism to a group that includes starters John Simpson and Alex Leatherwood — last year’s first-round pick, as well as Denzelle Good — who is returning from a torn ACL after being a starter in 2020.
What’s next: The Raiders, who had to sit until pick No. 90 after trading back from No. 86 to make their only selection of the draft’s first two days, have five picks on Day 3. They are scheduled to go in the fourth round (No. 126 overall), three times in the fifth (Nos. 164, 165 and 169) and once in the seventh (No. 227), barring trades, of course. The Raiders still have needs at cornerback and linebacker.