Getting to KNow The
2018 Raiders Draft
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Kolton Miller, P.J. Hall, Brandon Parker, Arden Key
Kolton Miller, Tackle, UCLA
(First Round, No. 15 Overall)
After trading the No. 10 overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals,
the Silver and Black selected the massive offensive lineman at No.
Miller started 13 games at left tackle in 2017, and was named
second-team All-Pac-12 by the league coaches.
An absolute behemoth of a man standing at 6’9”, Miller is a
versatile player who can line up on either the left or right side, but
regardless of where he’s asked to play, he’s excited to get to work
“I feel, put at either position, left or right, wherever I’m needed,
I’m looking to compete and establish myself as a starter,” said
Miller during his introductory press conference.
“General Manager Reggie McKenzie and I really have a lot
of respect for this man’s athleticism, number one,” added Head
Coach Jon Gruden. “He can pass protect. You can use him a lot of
different ways. He can pull, he can redirect. He’s got a huge upside
at a position that’s very hard to find.”
P.J. Hall, Defensive Tackle, Sam Houston State
(Second Round, No. 57 Overall)
McKenzie and Co., headed down to Texas for their first pick on
Day 2 of the NFL Draft, picking up Sam Houston State defensive
tackle P.J. Hall.
The athletic interior lineman was ultra-productive during his
time as a Bearkat, finishing his collegiate career with 86.5 tackles
for loss adding 42 sacks.
Oh, and the man can squat 700 pounds; that has to be a good
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“I feel like I’ll fit really well on the defense,” Hall explained.
“Their four-front, they want me as their three-technique, they have
a penetrating defense, especially for the defensive line. And I feel
that’s exactly where I’ll best fit at, getting up field, being explosive
and just disrupting things. I feel I’ll fit right in and I’m excited.”
Brandon Parker, Tackle, North Carolina A&T
(Third Round, No. 65 Overall)
The Silver and Black went back to the offensive side of the
football with their third-round pick, and once again continued
to fortify the trenches, picking up North Carolina A&T tackle
Like Hall, Parker enjoyed an incredibly-decorated career, and
similar to many other young players coming out in the Draft, he’s
looking forward to getting to work with Head Coach Jon Gruden and
the rest of the Raiders staff.
“Jon Gruden… Growing up, the Bucs were my favorite team
so I watched him coach them for years,” Parker said. “It’s like a
childhood dream to get to play for him.”
Fun fact, Parker majored in electrical engineering, mostly because
he liked to tinker with his old PlayStation 2 back in the day.
Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU
(Third Round, No. 87 Overall)
The Raiders weren’t done in the third round, as they selected
the explosive defensive end with their second pick in the round,
No. 87 overall.
The former LSU Tiger had an outstanding 2016, but his numbers
fell off last year, but even though he did see a dip in production,
Key is certainly not lacking any confidence.