The Raiders made just one draft move along the offensive line, but it was a big one. Literally and figuratively.
By drafting 6-foot-4, 320-pound guard John Simpson from Clemson, the Raiders took advantage of a draft day fall that delivered a player many analysts believe will be a long-term NFL starter by his second season in the NFL.
The Raiders traded up in the fourth round to reel in Simpson with the 109th pick, and his addition gives them flexibility in how they manage their much improved offensive line. Specifically, it gives them options on what to do with veteran right guard Gabe Jackson, who is owed $9.6 million annually through 2022.