The Las Vegas Raiders made Tanner Muse one of five players they have taken out of Clemson in the past two years. Here is an in-depth look at the rookie linebacker.
Tanner Muse was the Las Vegas Raiders‘ final pick of the third round. While the Raiders finally made the linebacker position a priority with the signings of Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, it was still believed they could use another body not just for depth but as the third starter in base packages.
Safety was also considered a need by many depending on their opinion of the Damarious Randall signing. Muse played safety for Clemson but was not well regarded as a safety prospect due to coverage concerns, despite the top-level athleticism Muse possesses.
In Jon Gruden’s draft call with Tanner Muse, he asked him, “are you going to play linebacker for me?” which makes it pretty clear he will not be the hybrid defensive back/linebacker he was considered in college, but instead a full-time linebacker.
Muse really fits the profile of the type of players Gruden and Mike Mayock have brought in from the draft. Hardworking, high-character, willing to play special teams, and big-game tested.
Of course, none of that matters if you can’t play, so let’s go over the current skill-set and future potential Tanner Muse will be bringing to the Raiders in their first year in Las Vegas.