That 40 time is a big deal in the case. Given the talent, the highlight reel at LSU and the precedent Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott set with the Cowboys last season, it’s worth considering whether a 240-pound running back who moves that fast should be a top-five pick in this year’s draft.
To justify that, NFL general managers will need to answer three questions based on that information.
The Raiders also will take steps to ensure the offense doesn’t collapse again if quarterback Derek Carr were to miss playing time with injury. The Raiders lost both games, including a first-round playoff matchup in Houston, after Carr was sidelined by a broken leg suffered in Week 16 against the Colts.
“That’s what you have to do,” said Del Rio, who recently signed a four-year contract extension. “You want to build your team so that if somebody goes down you plug in and continue to play (well). We didn’t play well enough. That will be one of the battle cries going into this offseason.”
While the Raiders “didn’t get enough” pressure from the interior defensive line, Del Rio is optimistic about Mario Edwards Jr. and Jihad Ward becoming bigger contributors in 2017.
Edwards only played in two games last season because of injuries. Del Rio Cheap Lakers Jerseys said he sees Edwards already working out regularly at Raiders headquarters and he “looks great.”
Ward started 13 games and played in three others but the 2016 second-round pick Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys failed to register a sack.
“Those guys are pretty,” Del Rio said. “They’re big, muscular and fast. They’re good football players that we need to develop and develop roles for them.”