Raiders sign top draft pick Alex Leatherwood


MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – JANUARY 11: Alex Leatherwood #70 of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds the trophy alongside head coach Nick Saban following the College Football Playoff National Championship game win over the Ohio State Buckeyes at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

HENDERSON, Nev. – The Las Vegas Raiders have signed first-round draft pick T Alex Leatherwood, the club announced Monday.

Leatherwood was the team’s top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, being selected 17th overall. He was a two-time National Champion who played four seasons at Alabama from 2017-20. Over his career, he appeared in 48 games with 41 consecutive starts.

As a senior in 2020, the 6-foot-5, 312-pound versatile lineman was named the recipient of the 2020 Outland Trophy, given to the player recognized as the best interior offensive lineman in college. He was a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and league coaches in 2020, while anchoring an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award, given annually to the best offensive line in college football. A native of Pensacola, Fla., the versatile offensive lineman was a unanimous five-star recruit while attending Booker T. Washington High School and was widely considered a top-three offensive tackle prospect in the nation. Leatherwood was ranked by ESPN as No. 8 in the ESPN 300, while ranking him as the No. 3 offensive tackle, No. 3 overall player in Florida and No. 4 in the Southeast region. He participated in the Under Armour All-American Game, Nike’s 2016 “The Opening” and the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge

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