Las Vegas Raiders NFL Draft picks 2024: Grades, fits and scouting reports


The Las Vegas Raiders entered the 2024 NFL Draft on April 25 with eight picks over the three-day draft.

In an ideal world, the Raiders would’ve drafted a franchise quarterback in the first round on Thursday night. But the top six QBs were all off the board by the time the Raiders were on the clock at No. 13 and so the Raiders added a different offensive weapon in Georgia tight end Brock Bowers.

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In the second round, the Raiders addressed their needs along the offensive line by selecting Oregon’s Jackson Powers-Johnson, a player with guard/center flexibility. They stayed on the trenches in the third round and grabbed Maryland offensive tackle Delmar Glaze.

The Raiders finally addressed their defense in the fourth round Saturday, selecting Mississippi State cornerback Decamerion Richardson with the No. 112 pick.

Keep coming back here throughout the draft for analysis and grades for each Raiders pick.

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Round 1

No. 13: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

How he fits

To justify this pick, you have to think of Brock Bowers as a pass catcher, not strictly a tight end. When you consider Bowers’ versatility to go along with last year’s second-round tight end Michael Mayer, then it’s a major coup. The Raiders will need to go heavily out of 12 personnel to make this work. Great value but did Bowers fill a need?

That said, Bowers is a steal at this point. The first two-time Mackey Award winner as the nation’s top tight end, Bowers is a mismatch wherever he lines up — inline, the slot, the backfield or out wide. Few pass catchers find a way to get open like Bowers (6-3, 243) and his 8.5 yards after the catch in his three seasons at Georgia is rare for most tight ends. A first-team All-American for three years, including a unanimous choice in 2023, Bowers was prolific the day he entered Georgia. He finished with 175 catches for 2,538 yards (14.5 yards per catch) and 26 touchdowns. With a right hamstring issue, Bowers didn’t work out at his combine or pro day but that’s of no concern for NFL scouts. He was the best player on the field every time he stepped on it in college. — Scott Dochterman

Dane Brugler’s analysis

Bowers is an explosive pass catcher who creates mismatches all over the field with speed, ball skills and competitive edge. He has NFL star potential in the mold of George Kittle, if he lands with a play caller prepared to feature his unique and versatile talent.

Tashan Reed’s analysis

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Grade: B+

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Round 2

No. 44: Jackson Powers-Johnson, G, Oregon

How he fits

The 2023 Rimington winner, Powers-Johnson is a terrific and powerful athlete who showed dominant flashes at the point of attack and in the second level as a run blocker. He dominated the Senior Bowl as just a junior, but there are hiccups here. Powers-Johnson has an injury history (including concussions) and isn’t very long — but this is a very, very tough football player and a guy who will advance the culture. Love this pick. — Nick Baumgardner

Dane Brugler’s analysis

Powers-Johnson’s inexperience is reflected in his technique, but he offers a fantastic combination of size, athleticism and toughness, with the skill set that translates to both center and guard. His game reminds me of Ryan Kelly, who won the Rimington Award at Alabama before becoming a first-round pick in 2016.

Tashan Reed’s analysis

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Grade: A

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Round 3

No. 77: DJ Glaze, OT, Maryland

How he fits

Las Vegas reached at this pick and missed on a few obvious needs here. Glaze (6-4, 315), who many scouts saw as a guard and probably a fourth-rounder, goes here in the third round. The Raiders have yet to address defense, which is what they needed coming into today. Glaze might develop into a starter, but his selection doesn’t match either need or value. — Scott Dochterman

Dane Brugler’s analysis

Glaze’s overaggressive tendencies and lack of explosive traits show on an island, but with his size, strength and smooth movements, a move to guard could be what is best for his NFL future. With continued development, he will compete for starting snaps.

Vic Tafur’s analysis

Finally, a reach for need. Glaze is 6-foot-4, 315 pounds with great feet but needs to get stronger and polish up some stuff. Some scouts thought he would move to guard, but the Raiders announced him as a tackle. Brugler had him at No. 132 on his big board, rating him as the No. 11 guard in the draft with a fourth-round grade.

Grade: D

Round 4

No. 112: Decamerion Richardson, CB, Mississippi State

Dane Brugler’s analysis

Richardson’s inability to consistently make plays on the football is a red flag, but his size/speed traits and ascending talent are tools that defensive coaches will want to develop in the NFL. He projects as a developmental press-man cornerback.

Tashan Reed’s analysis

Richardson was No. 141 on Brugler’s big board. He’s 6-2, 188 pounds and ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash. He was a two-year starter in college. He didn’t have much ball production, but has all of the physical tools you look for in a press-man CB and is an excellent run defender. Richardson was an outside-only CB at Mississippi State. He played in a split-coverage scheme, so he has experience playing in a variety of different coverages. Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham mixes it up often, so that’ll come in handy.

Round 5

No. 148: Tommy Eichenberg, LB, Ohio State

Dane Brugler’s analysis

An above-average run defender, Eichenberg has quick downfield and lateral reaction skills with the physicality to work off blocks and stonewall ballcarriers as a tackler. He shows the skill set to be a functional zone dropper but tends to be late digesting all the routes happening around him, resulting in catches in front of him. Overall, Eichenberg isn’t a proven playmaker in coverage, but he understands pursuit angles and displays outstanding key/read/flow skills versus the run. He has the talent, football character and feel for the game to earn a starting job during his NFL rookie training camp.

Round 6

No. 208 (via Chiefs)

Round 7

No. 223 (via Patriots)

No. 229 (via Vikings)

(Photo of Decamerion Richardson: Justin Ford / Getty Images)





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