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3 Raiders Veterans Fighting for Their Jobs After 2022 NFL Draft

Larry Rupp
Three Las Vegas Raiders veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.
Three Las Vegas Raiders veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft. / Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
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The Las Vegas Raiders entered the NFL Draft with only six picks to make, but they came out with a few talented prospects once the dust settled. The front office used four of those selections to address the offensive line and running back.

Much like any other NFL team, the Raiders now head into training camp with some depth chart questions to answer. It'll be interesting to see if the established players on the roster can hold off the newcomers. With that being said, here's a look at three Las Vegas veterans fighting for their jobs.

Las Vegas Raiders Depth Chart

1. Alex Leatherwood, RG

The Raiders made the most out of their highest draft pick by selecting guard Dylan Parham out of Memphis in the third round (No. 90 overall). The 6-foot-3, 311-pound lineman allowed zero sacks and only two quarterback hits during his final college season (881 offensive snaps). Meanwhile, 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood had a disastrous rookie season, and the Raiders' new regime has no ties to the 23-year-old. Leatherwood played the vast majority of his snaps at RG last season, and Parham could push him for snaps immediately if Leatherwood shows up looking like he did last year.

2. Brandon Bolden, RB

A lot of people scratched their heads when the Raiders took not only one but two running backs in the NFL Draft. While taking a flyer on UCLA's Brittain Brown in the seventh round is understandable, Las Vegas traded up to grab Georgia's Zamir White in the fourth round. The front office obviously likes what the 22-year-old brings to the table after racking up 25 total touchdowns across three college seasons. Brandon Bolden was signed to a two-year deal worth over $5 million in free agency and was widely expected to have a role on the offense as a pass-catching back. The addition of White could cause that idea to change a little bit.

3. Bryan Edwards, WR

None of the other Raiders' draft picks should have much of an immediate impact on the depth chart, which makes taking a look at the wide receiver positional battle worth a look. Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow are going to be quarterback Derek Carr's top targets. Bryan Edwards has some competition when it comes to the third spot, though. Free agent signing Demarcus Robinson topped Edwards in catch percentage last season and tied his touchdown total of 3. Of course, it has to be mentioned that Edwards' receiving yardage (571) and yards after the catch (190) did soar above Robinson's. This is a situation to keep an eye on, though, as Edwards has yet to live up to the offseason hype he's generated.

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