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Raiders' draft class takes center stage on NFL's 2024 All-Rookie Team projections

The Las Vegas Raiders' most recent draft class consists of several players who found substantial success in their college careers. Now taking their talents to the next level, many are hopeful that success will translate over for their upcoming rookie seasons.

Chad Reuter, NFL.com draft analyst, released his annual projections for the 2024 All-Rookie Team. The list consists of a player from each position on offense, defense and special teams he believes will find early success on their team. Three Raiders rookies were selected for this year's team, tied with the Buffalo Bills for the most players from one team that made the cut.

Brock Bowers, Tight End, Georgia

Drafted: Round 1, No. 13 overall

The highest drafted tight end in the 2024 draft was one of the more obvious players to be named in these projections. He's the only two-time John Mackey Award winner in college football history with two national championships also on his resumé. The Raiders went best player available with their first-round pick, seeing the possibility of Bowers becoming an overall weapon for the offense that can be lined up in multiple spots.

"Bowers will be a matchup problem for most linebackers and safeties with his quickness, strength and strong hands, giving Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers a foil to stretch defenses vertically and horizontally," Reuter wrote. "While it's not the strongest part of his game, Bowers should also earn respect for his run blocking on the outside."

Jackson Powers-Johnson, Guard, Oregon

Drafted: Round 2, No. 44 overall

Powers-Johnson brings versatility to the Silver and Black, excelling at both guard and center at Oregon. In 2023, he was awarded the Rimington Trophy (nation's best center) and was a unanimous All-American. He's expected to slot in at guard full-time for the Raiders and could win a starting job on the offensive line.

"Powers-Johnson starred at center for Oregon last fall but played both guard spots during his career, displaying excellent use of leverage and short-area agility to create blocking angles," Reuter wrote. "Whoever starts at quarterback for the Raiders this year will appreciate the rookie's efforts."

Tommy Eichenberg, Linebacker, Ohio State

Drafted: Round 5, No. 148 overall

The Raiders potentially got a steal in the fifth round with Tommy Eichenberg, heralded as one of the more accomplished linebackers of this draft class. The 2023 Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year racked up 151 solo tackles and 21 tackles for loss in his collegiate career, warranting a First-Team All-Big Ten selection twice.

"Eichenberg could earn snaps at middle linebacker for the Raiders, allowing Robert Spillane and Divine Deablo to play outside on early downs," wrote Reuter. "The stout run defender is going to make a lot of tackles with Christian Wilkins, John Jenkins and others eating blocks in front of him. ... [C]onsidering the team ranked 21st against the run in 2023, the former Buckeye fills an important need."

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