Report: All options are on the table for Raiders OL Alex Leatherwood

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The Raiders could soon be parting ways with tackle Alex Leatherwood.

Via Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, all options are on the table for Leatherwood, the 17th overall pick in the 2021 draft.

Those options include leaving him at tackle, moving him to guard, trading him, or cutting him.

Cutting him would be far from ideal. He has a fully-guaranteed contract through 2024. The Raiders probably would have to pay some of that money to finagle a trade.

The Cowboys could be a candidate, given that they’re scrambling to replace left tackle Tyron Smith. But here’s the reality about teams that need help on the offensive line — they’re probably not looking for guys whom their current team is trying to get rid of.

New Raiders coach Josh McDaniels has already trotted out the “leak that a player is being cut and then hope someone calls to trade for him” routine. It didn’t work with running back Kenyan Drake. Maybe McDaniels will try it again with Leatherwood.

36 responses to “Report: All options are on the table for Raiders OL Alex Leatherwood

  1. So is Leatherwood such a bust that he can’t even be coached up?
    If that’s the case, then it’s really a bad look for Jon Gruden.

    Now if he goes somewhere else and eventually has a good career, then it won’t look good for Josh McDaniels.

  2. Undoubtedly some team is going to think that they can salvage his career playing as a guard.

  3. Probably one of the worst picks that I can remember. And that is saying a lot rooting for this team. The previous year was 2 felons in Ruggs and Arnette. Gruden really screwed up a ton of draft capital.

  4. The next time you hear a high paid commentator or analyst bloviating on and on about their opinion about player X or player Y, just remember what happened here. Two of the most “respected” minds in football TV, once actually put in charge, were no better at picking good players than anyone else.

  5. Drafts are a game of chance. Always.

    At any time these guys can screw up, get screwed, or get back with their old hood buddies and screw the franchise from their bad behavior

    Ya just never know how well they will adjust to the pro game.

  6. Gruden really screwed up a ton of draft capital.
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    Mayock should take his lumps as well.

  7. I’m thankful the Chargers drafted Rashawn Slater in 2021, the OT taken 4 picks before Leatherwood. Slater was a 2nd team All Pro as a rookie. Superior drafting is one reason why the Chargers are poised to dominate the Raiders for the foreseeable future. Starting with their Week 1 game Sept 11, I think the Chargers are going to sweep the season series from the Raiders for the next several years.

  8. Maybe instead of Mayock they should have hired Mel Kiper (“Who the heck is Mel Kiper?”)

  9. Leatherwood is just the latest in a loooooooooooong line of ‘blue-chip’ Alabama players drafted by the NFL who are massive BUSTS! NFL teams need to shy away from Alabama players and Georgia RBs & LBs.

  10. Cabel wanted leatherwood – and he hasn’t worked out – could make him a guard, and that’s where he should be, and trade the current guard that might work out better

  11. Personally speaking I think any team in true need of a starting offensive tackle this year would be crazy to trade for Leatherwood.
    However if Vegas really wants to get rid of him and acquire another player for their OL I imagine Belichick would take Leatherwood for Isaiah Wynn. Wynn’s cap cost is about $10M, but Vegas has $22M of cap space left. The Pats want more salary cap space so it works for them. NE could spend the year teaching Alex L how to play an OL position and if McDaniels likes Wynn from his Pats days the trade helps both teams.

  12. This isnt really a shocker. Mayock and Chucky ruined my team in a very short time. Glad they are both gone lets look forward to a great season from the Silver and Black they have a lot of talent.

  13. I feel all options are available for the majority of the players in the nfl? All Raiders need to do is trade for Wynn from the Patriots, move Leatherwood inside, and you are good to go. Wynn already knows all of McDaniels plays and audibles

  14. No way you cut him this early. A lot of people had him as a first rounder, but even if he had gone in the 2nd or 3rd there’s no way you give up this early. As a starting guard on a rookie salary he’d still be underpaid compared to a veteran replacement. This is a coaching problem if they’re seriously thinking about dumping him now.

  15. humb0lt says:
    August 25, 2022 at 4:06 pm
    I’m thankful the Chargers drafted Rashawn Slater in 2021, the OT taken 4 picks before Leatherwood. Slater was a 2nd team All Pro as a rookie. Superior drafting is one reason why the Chargers are poised to dominate the Raiders for the foreseeable future. Starting with their Week 1 game Sept 11, I think the Chargers are going to sweep the season series from the Raiders for the next several years.
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    Tell me again why the Chargers didn’t dominate the Raiders when they needed a win or a tie to get into the playoffs on the last game of the season? Enjoy.

  16. Leatherwiod needs to be more forceful and quicker on the blocks. Almost ruined the Mullens trade to Minnesota.

  17. Well he was slightly better when he slide inside to guard last year even though he went through all of camp and preseason at RT. There’s something to be said for keeping him there, esp for a young cost controlled player.

    But he profiles as the classic stretch zone guy who’s likely to be a poor fit in a power gap scheme. And nobody is even close to as gap heavy as McDaniels has been over the years.

  18. (1)Gruden was in charge of the football operation; Mayock didn’t have final say on first-round draft picks. I’m not saying Mayock was a great GM, but let’s be real about who was making the decisions. (2)No stronger trend with new GMs and HCs than to blame the previous regime and lower the expectations for short-term success by denigrating the previous regime’s high draft picks. (3)Awfully expensive to cut a first-round pick because of the guaranteed contracts. Too much dead money. Teams won’t be willing to trade for him because his first-round status overpays him. Better to keep him as a backup.

  19. The Raiders made the playoffs last year with Leatherwood at guard. He’s not a world beater but he’s serviceable at least.

  20. It’s crazy because a lot of people consider him a second round guy and thought the Raiders reached in the first round and everyone’s being proven right now

  21. I remember this guy was HUGE reach. Vikings fans were pumped because that allowed us to get Darrisaw, who looks to be a franchise LT. For that, we thank you!

  22. It’s crazy because a lot of people consider him a second round guy and thought the Raiders reached in the first round and everyone’s being proven right now

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    Even a 2nd rounder should last more than 1 season.

  23. It’s not as simple as calling Gruden and Mayock boneheafs for drafting this guy. It was one of their biggest needs, and remains that way after the bust. Sure it was a mistake and they gambled on him and lost.

  24. What happened with Ruggs was a tragedy. And yes that made him a felon. But the kid never had any other trouble off the field before that tragic night. It’s very sad that girl lost her life and the Raiders lost a player that was about to explode onto the scene. I don’t think it’s fair to say he was a bad draft pick.

  25. its mental for him at this point. hes not bad at all, just one recurring issue, he’s too scared to screw up now.

  26. Unless he’s under performing even worse than is being reported, I doubt he’s going to be cut, it would be rather pointless. Given he wasn’t choice of either the GM or coach, they’ll likely trade him for whatever they can get for him.

  27. “It’s not as simple as calling Gruden and Mayock boneheafs for drafting this guy. It was one of their biggest needs, and remains that way after the bust. Sure it was a mistake and they gambled on him and lost.”

    Yet it was widely known this guy was not rated as a 1st rd pick and they chose him over Darrishaw who many called one of the top linemen. Need yes, but there were still better options at the position

  28. Many thanks once again to the Raiders organization for selecting Leatherwood over Christian Darrisaw at 17, allowing the Vikings to take Darrisaw at 23 after trading back.

  29. Gruden had that “smartest guy in the room” mindset when it came to drafts. Leatherwood is passable on runs, but not good with pass blocking. He’d be considered a bust if he were drafted where he should have been drafted. The idea that the only draft evals Gruden made were watching college football playoff games seems about right. And also probably why Gruden would have been gone at the end of last year, contract or no contract, e-mails or no e-mails. It’s also why he ended up being shown the door in Tampa. He’s not a good talent evaluator – see Peterman, Nathan.

  30. The Raiders invested too much in one WR and no OL or defensive help. They will struggle to finish in 3rd place in that division. This Leatherwood miss is going to haunt them all season long!

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