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Raiders select OT Kolton Miller with No. 15 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Raiders select OT Kolton Miller with No. 15 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

KOLTON MILLER
Position: Offensive tackle
College: UCLA
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 309 pounds
Selection: First round (No. 15 overall)
Scouting report: The former Bruin’s built like an NFL offensive tackle, with the agility and length to be a top-tier player. Analysts say he’s a hard worker who puts maximum effort into every snap. He has solid footwork already, with the agility to handle savvy pass rushers. He didn’t have a great year in 2017, but fared well during the pre-draft process. The Raiders like this prospect, especially offensive line coach Tom Cable. He needs to improve work with his hands, and is sometimes susceptible to power rushers.
Projected role: The Raiders need help in the present and future. He should compete to start at right tackle as a rookie, with a long-term move to the left. Current blindside protector Donald Penn is 35 years old, coming off of Lisfranc foot surgery this offseason. He’s under contract through 2019, though he doesn’t have guaranteed money in that final year. Miller will compete with veteran Breno Giacomini to start on the right side in 2018, which would help the offensive line’s weakest point. The move makes strong fiscal sense, assuming Miller can man a left tackle spot that pays veterans a premium.

Raiders coaches play waiting game while NFL peers return to facilities

Raiders coaches play waiting game while NFL peers return to facilities

NFL coaches will be allowed to move back into their team facilities beginning Friday, but just when the Raiders’ staff checks into its Henderson headquarters remains to be seen.

Construction of the 335,000-square-foot facility is still being completed, though team officials hope to move into the building this month. Like coaches around the league, the Raiders’ staff has been working remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Moving trucks arrived on Monday to the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, the new headquarters, from the previous facility in Alameda, Calif.

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Why versatile rookie Lynn Bowden could be Raiders’ secret weapon

Why versatile rookie Lynn Bowden could be Raiders’ secret weapon

Word of warning to anyone wondering how the Raiders are preparing to utilize rookie Lynn Bowden this season: Don’t bother asking him. He isn’t at liberty to say.

“I’m really not permitted to speak about that right now,” Bowden said while taking a break from the Raiders virtual OTA’s.

The mum’s the word response wasn’t relayed out of anger or deceit. The outgoing Bowden can’t wait to get on the field in his first NFL season and is beyond excited to help the Raiders anyway he can. He’s open and frank about all that and doesn’t mind expressing it one bit.

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