Las Vegas Raiders NFL Draft Prospect: T Peter Skoronski, Northwestern

Las Vegas Raiders NFL Draft Prospect: T Peter Skoronski, Northwestern

The Las Vegas Raiders 2022 season was a total disappointment, and after finishing with a 6-11 record, general manager Dave Ziegler will look deep into the offseason to improve the roster.

While the Raiders will be buyers during free agency, they have an opportunity to add valuable young depth during the 2023 NFL Draft.

“We’re going to continue to find players that fit what we’re looking for, and we’re going to continue to build this team in our vision, and I think we’re going to, at the same time, our goal is to win football games, and the goal our goal for next year is to make an improvement on where we were this year,” Ziegler said.

Following the conclusion of the seventh overall pick for this year’s draft, we’ll be teaming up with SI’s Draft Bible to get the latest information on potential players the Silver and Black could draft.

First up is forward Peter Skoronski, Northwestern Wildcats

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound lineman was the recipient of the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Skoronski was rated as one of the best pass defenders in the country by Pro Football Focus, with a 93.0 pass blocking grade after allowing just six pressures on 474 pass blocks.

According to PFF, his 79.1 run blocking grade also ranks fifth among all Power 5 qualifying tight ends.

“Potential first-round pick who has the versatility to play any position on the offensive line with his size and athleticism,” said SI Draft Bible.

Skoronski, originally at right tackle, was moved to left tackle in place of Rashawn Slater, now with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Versatility is a huge plus for the Raiders young coaching staff and he certainly checks that box.

A strong blocker in both the passing and running game, some say his arm length may be too short to play tackle at the next level and should consider moving him inside, but his tape shows differently.

The more I watch his tape, the more I see how incredibly athletic he is as a tackle.

Loved by the coaches and shows great passion for the game and high character. His quick feet and fundamentally sound technique are two of his most favorable attributes.

“When you start to build that relationship and understand his personality and what his individual goals are … you realize this guy was a good fit for the culture of this program. But maybe more so, the culture that we’re trying to build within the offensive line,” Northwestern offensive line coach Kurt Anderson said.

Drafting a player with his football IQ and strong work ethic in the first round of the draft will help bolster the Raiders’ offensive line for years to come.

The 2023 NFL Draft will begin on Thursday, April 27 with the start of the first round.

The NFL Draft will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, which will be held at Union Station and will conclude with rounds five through seven on Saturday, April 29.

All seven rounds will be televised on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network.

The NFL Scouting Combine is February 28-March 6, 2023, held at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN. March 7, 2023, before 4:00 PM EST, is the club’s deadline to designate franchise or transition players.

March 13-15 is the free agent negotiation period. During the period beginning at 12:00 noon EST on March 13 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m. New York time on March 15, clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2022 player contracts at 4:00 p.m. New York time on March 15.

The 2023 NFL season and Free Agency period begins at 4:00 PM EST on March 15th. The Raiders are expected to be major players in the free agent market this season.

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