2. OL Germain Ifedi (Chicago Bears)
The Silver and Black have been trying to solve their offensive line issues for several years. Last offseason, then-general manager Mike Mayock and then-head coach Jon Gruden were busy trading away a trio of starters.
The Raiders sent guard Gabe Jackson to the Seattle Seahawks and shipped three-time Pro Bowl center to the Arizona Cardinals. And after two seasons with the team, high-priced tackle Trent Brown returned to the New England Patriots.
The team would go onto to use the 17th overall pick last April on University of Alabama blocker Alex Leatherwood. He began the year at right tackle and was moved inside to right guard.
Via Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus (subscription required), the Raiders’ offensive front ranked 28th in the NFL in 2021. And the former member of the Crimson Tide had his issues regardless of where he lined up during his rookie year.
Speaking of multiple positions, Germain Ifedi was a first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2016. After four seasons in the Pacific Northwest, the 6’5”, 344-pound performer has suited up for the Chicago Bears these past two seasons. Ifedi has been a starter and both guard and tackle and that versatility will give the Raiders some options up front.