Round 7, Pick 12: Benito Jones, DL, Ole Miss
While the Raiders have two young defensive linemen in Maurice Hurst and P.J. Hall, both are undersized and struggle to fight through double teams. Both players are better rushing the passer than playing the run.
Benito Jones is the opposite, standing at 6-foot-1, 321 pounds. Despite his stature, Jones can move for a man that size and he definitely has the power to match.
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His sack production has increased every year, with a career-high in 2019 with 5.5, but what Jones provides doesn’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet, which is the case for most nose guards.
He also batted down four passes at the line, which is an excellent number for a defensive tackle — especially a 0-technique defensive tackle.
The Raiders did re-sign Johnathan Hankins, but the Raiders’ biggest problem last year was lack of depth and I’m not sure Hurst is a good NFL starter and not best suited as a rotational player.
The Raiders took a chance on an extremely green pass rusher in Quinton Bell and his intriguing athleticism last year in the seventh round which didn’t work out.
Jones is a four-year starter who will only need to make the final roster to be considered a good value, considering the majority of seventh rounders do not.
It’s highly doubtful he lasts this long, though, as he is currently projected anywhere from the fourth to the seventh round.