Raiders to waive Alex Leatherwood

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With a new regime, the Raiders are moving on from last year’s first-round pick.

Las Vegas is waiving offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, according to multiple reports.

A recent report from Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicated all options were on the table with Leatherwood — including moving him to guard, trading him, or releasing him. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport noted the Raiders tried to trade Leatherwood to every team but all they heard back was no.

The 17th overall pick of the 2021 draft, Leatherwood was drafted to bookend Kolton Miller as the team’s right tackle. But he was moved to guard during the season after struggling on the outside.

With Josh McDaniels as head coach in 2022, the Raiders had moved Leatherwood around the offensive line during the offseason program and training camp. But he didn’t stick at any position and now Las Vegas has elected to cut ties and move on.

Leatherwood is the latest in a string of failed first-round picks by the previous regime of head coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock. Receiver Henry Ruggs and cornerback Damon Arnette were both waived last season after serious off-the-field incidents. The trio of 2019 first-round picks — defensive end Clelin Ferrell, safety Johnathan Abram, and running back Josh Jacobs — all remain with the team. But all three had their fifth-year options declined in the spring. Ferrell, the No. 4 overall pick that year, has not been a starter since 2020.

Miller, a 2018 first-round pick, was selected by Gruden and previous General Manager Reggie McKenzie. He signed an extension through the 2025 season in April 2021.

53 responses to “Raiders to waive Alex Leatherwood

  1. Mayock was a disaster. Can’t just hire media guys who have been away from the job just because fans like how they critique others.

  2. Even though he’s played horribly and was a reach, this is a bit much. Now u eat the money and have less to replace the player and pay waller.

  3. Too bad Jon has litigation going on — I’d love for him to come run YOUR favorite team. Lol Chucky!

  4. Aside from Urban Meyer, no one has lost more football credibility in the past year than Mike Mayock.

  5. Wow….11 million reasons why you just let this guy play guard rather than make him a tackle at least for the year. Raiders O-line is a disaster- We need to sign a RT, RG, and probably a LG today. Watch us keep 6 RB’s -LOL

  6. Mayock was so terrible at GM he won’t get his draft analyst job back @ NFL Network….he’d be lucky to become a fantasy football ranker

  7. You’ve got to be pretty bad to not make this team on the offensive line. I thought he was ok at guard last year so I’m surprised they didn’t just go with that instead of cutting him.

  8. Well if that doesn’t tell you how disastrous the previous regime was I don’t think anything will

  9. It seemed like Mayock kept trying to prove he was smarter than everybody else because he used to be a big draft expert. I’m starting to understand now why the actual draft usually bears little resemblance to all the “expert” mock drafts, and why the draft experts aren’t running NFL teams.

  10. List the number of media draft ‘experts’ (aka SEC homers) who claimed that Leatherwood was a ‘stud’. These people need to be shamed publicly.

  11. With as thin as the o-line was, still this is wow, because we can’t even use him at guard or as a backup? I guess they wanna use any savings on other players getting cut?

  12. How does Mayock ever even get a draft/scouting gig after these DREADFUL first round failures. Just wow.

  13. Raiders fans are blaming Mayock and Gruden for all their problems after propping them up like they won the lotto…..LOL!

  14. bigtganks says:
    August 30, 2022 at 3:24 pm
    How does Mayock ever even get a draft/scouting gig after these DREADFUL first round failures. Just wow.

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    He doesn’t?

  15. Not saying Christian Darrisaw is going to be a hall of famer but man I was so happy when the Raiders drafted Leatherwood in front of him.

  16. The Raiders are a complete disaster! They are the only team that got worse in that division while everyone else got better. Devante Adams was not a wise move when you have NO OL!

  17. So this again proves the media/pundit, especially former players, types that know everything and keep telling everyone how they must do things are completely clueless. The only thing that came from Mayock being the GM of the Raiders is the NFL, clueless themselves, hired someone to do draft analysis that was completely clueless on how to evaluate talent for the NFL draft.

  18. I feel for him. None of this mess is of his making. Why not let him back up, rather than waiving? Still got to pay him…

  19. Jon Gruden had final say on these draft picks not Mike Mayock. No one, besides those two and a few others close to the scene, know who was ultimately responsible for these draft whiffs.

    To put it all on Mayock seems entirely unfair.

  20. This is a total disaster. Even Tony Mandarich stuck with his original team longer. And he was considered a bust before he played a regular season game.
    Ryan Leaf lasted 2 seasons with the Chargers.
    Not only is Jon Gruden’s reputation in tatters, no one is ever going to hire Mike Mayock as any kind of “draft analyst” again.

  21. As long time raiders fan.This team has not improved but has regressed. The offence line is a miss and the defensive back field is a big question mark!

  22. you really want to be sad look at some of the people drafted after him that are rocking it!

  23. And now some of you see glaringly well what should have been apparent from how it ended in Tampa for Gruden. He was a mediocre coach and even worse GM. At Least Jeff Fisher could build a roster. Gruden without Al Davis equals below average coach.

  24. Not really fair to blame Mayock for what happened with Henry Ruggs. Before Ruggs ruined his and that innocent woman’s life, he was on an upward trajectory.

  25. radrntn says:
    August 30, 2022 at 3:11 pm
    Wow….11 million reasons why you just let this guy play guard rather than make him a tackle at least for the year. Raiders O-line is a disaster- We need to sign a RT, RG, and probably a LG today. Watch us keep 6 RB’s -LOL
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    I’m sure you think that the Cardinals had $8 million reasons to have kept Josh Rosen a few years back. Right? I’d rather see undrafted players getting a chance to prove themselves, then to see a player like Leatherwood starting. He had a PFF grade of 45 for last season and was was a liability against second stringers during this preseason. Yeah, why not keep him. The Raiders would be better giving the ball boy a shot at blocking.

  26. Have fun with the dysfunctional Raiders, DavantME. There’s something to be said for the well-run team that stuck behind you as you grew and learned as a young player. Now you’ll get to see how the other half lives.

  27. Wow. A first or even second rd pick would have to not even be trying for me to let him go after 1 season.

  28. Mayock will have a hard time getting back to Draft commentary with picks like this.

  29. bigtganks says:
    August 30, 2022 at 3:24 pm
    How does Mayock ever even get a draft/scouting gig after these DREADFUL first round failures. Just wow.

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    Simple. Blame Gruden as Gruden had final say on all 1st round draft picks. If Spider Y Banana guy wanted someone in the 1st round that’s who they drafted. Period.

    Davis should be thanking the NFL for getting him out of that 10 year contract but he won’t because Chucky was the only one who understood him.

  30. This is a total disaster. Even Tony Mandarich stuck with his original team longer.
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    Symptomatic of what a trash organization they were at the time.

    No coincidence one of Ron Wolfs first moves was to cut him.

  31. Ryan Leaf lasted 2 seasons with the Chargers.
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    3, actually.

    Well, not sure how you want to count the year he was injured… but was healthy enough to win beach football MVP

  32. As much as folks are lighting Mayok up over these picks, was he in fact really the GM? It was an open secret he was brought in to be a ‘face’ while Gruden went about doing whatever he wanted with personnel, without having to suffer any consequences himself. If things went south, Mayok would be tagged to take the fall, as he was the ‘GM’ who lacked a fully guaranteed 100 million dollar contract. Then Gruden planned to do it all over again. He just never imagined he’d be taking the fall first.

  33. First Drake and now Leatherwood. Purging slackers and poor performers is the right thing to do for the team.

  34. AFG-BloodonBidenshands says:
    August 30, 2022 at 3:29 pm
    Raiders fans are blaming Mayock and Gruden for all their problems after propping them up like they won the lotto…..LOL!

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    I don’t know a single person who thought Leatherwood was an awesome pick.

  35. radrntn says:
    August 30, 2022 at 3:11 pm
    Wow….11 million reasons why you just let this guy play guard rather than make him a tackle at least for the year. Raiders O-line is a disaster- We need to sign a RT, RG, and probably a LG today. Watch us keep 6 RB’s -LOL
    ——————————————————-
    I’m sure you think that the Cardinals had $8 million reasons to have kept Josh Rosen a few years back. Right? I’d rather see undrafted players getting a chance to prove themselves, then to see a player like Leatherwood starting. He had a PFF grade of 45 for last season and was was a liability against second stringers during this preseason. Yeah, why not keep him. The Raiders would be better giving the ball boy a shot at blocking.
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    To your point, after getting some time at guard I recall PFF giving him a grade of 70.8 in week 16. If PFF means anything. That was while having to play alongside Brandon Parker who had a PFF grade of 55 last year. Also fyi Rosen was TRADED for a 2nd rd, and 5th rd pick. 11 million > 8 Million. Raiders are over 40 million in dead cap space this year, and already over 20 million next year….carry on…my gut says we will have 6rbs behind an oline that cant block

  36. Gruden had final say and Leatherwood was a Tom Cable pick with Gruden’s backing. Mayock as mentioned previously was Gruden’s fall guy for when certain picks didn’t pan out. Gruden might be an ok coach(I haven’t seen much evidence of that) but is a terrible GM who is clueless on how to build a TEAM. Ask any Bucs fan as it was all downhill after his first year there when he won a SB with Dungy’s roster.

  37. Raiders should be happy someone leaked the Gruden emails. Gruden was one of the worst talent evaluators of all-time. A complete hack. An average coach with a terrible temper, and a bonafide backstabber. The day Mark hired Chucky boy, Al was rolling around in his grave, yelling obscenities to his tone deaf Prince Valiant look-a-like hairdo son. The only thing Mark could hear was Gruden playing him like a Stradivarius to the tune of a 100 million. Wow, what a complete donkey!!! And for some reason I still like Mark. I guess the only thing I can come up with as to why is being a life long Raider fan. He seems like the type of guy you could sit down with, have a beer, eat chicken wings, and make fun of his hair style. Oh well, Go Raiders!!!

  38. Mayock the great mock drafter is now being mocked. Maybe he can find work cleaning Mel Kiper’s house or something…

  39. This is one of those kids I have no idea why he didn’t pan out. He was a high performer on a Bama OL that was one of the best, if not the best, in the country. Either the dude just completely checked out after he got paid, or he got bad coaching with the Raiders. Hard for me to believe some team won’t take him on as a reclamation project.

  40. Put him with a really good offensive line coach like the Eagles have and he could become a really good offensive tackle.

  41. Mike Mayock might not have done a good job with the Raiders but he nailed Eagles LT Jordan Mailata. Said he was going to be the Eagles LT of the future when he was raw and was just learning the game back in 2018.

  42. I have no idea who’s responsible for every Raiders pick through the years, but this Leatherwood kid was cut after one season. A lot of us are making statements about the competence levels of Gruden and Mayock, and assuming Leatherwood is a bad player. We’re also assuming the new coach and GM are perfect talent evaluators, and the fact that these two guys cut Leatherwood means that the guys that drafted him were wrong. Isn’t this the coach that drafted Tim Tebow in the first round? I’d pump the brakes on all these accusations until we find out how good of a player Leatherwood ends up becoming, and also how good of a regime these new guys turn out to be. I realize we need instant evaluations, but we might have to wait 2-3 years to actually find out. If Leatherwood goes on to become a pro bowler, and McDaniels is fired in a couple years, it wouldn’t be the most shocking thing in history. Just saying.

  43. You can change cities but you can’t change your stripes. Raidering at its finest! Careful raiders fans, the off-season, your only successful season, is almost over.

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