ESPN names Raiders QB Derek Carr as a ‘winner’ from 2022 NFL Draft

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The NFL Draft was completed a few weeks ago and the Raiders have already had their rookie mini-camp. But which veteran benefited the most from the recent draft class?

In a recent article by ESPN’s 32 beat writers, they each listed a veteran that benefited the most from the 2022 NFL Draft. For the Raiders, that was none other than Derek Carr.

Here is what senior writer Paul Gutierrez had to say about Carr post-draft and why he was deemed the biggest “winner” on the Raiders:

“Well for one, the Raiders did not draft his replacement. But for another, the new regime did add some depth to protect him with a pair of versatile offensive linemen in Dylan Parham and Thayer Munford. Now, neither guy jumps off the page immediately, but they do make a suspect O-line better in terms of competition, right?

And in May, that’s all you can really hope for when you don’t make your first selection until late in the third round of the draft. Plus, the Raiders did use those first two picks to get wide receiver Davante Adams for Carr in trade, yes? Yes.”

Will the offensive line actually be improved for Carr during the 2022 season? We’ll see. But what the Raiders have done is add more depth to the unit and that was desperately needed. Even if someone like Dylan Parham doesn’t crack the Week 1 starting lineup, he should be a quality backup that can play multiple positions in a pinch.

The Raiders are hoping that someone steps up at left guard and right tackle and they are confident that they’ve acquired enough talent for an adequate camp battle. Time will tell if that strategy proves to be correct. But nevertheless, Carr has to be excited about the improvements on the offensive line.

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