Rounding out this mock for the Las Vegas Raiders is another player along the defensive line. Vegas selected Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick in the 2019 draft and Maxx Crosby in the fourth round. While Crosby had a double-digit sack season, Ferrell didn’t produce very much. It’s too early to give up on him, but it’s always good to have a full stable of pass rushers on defense.
The Raiders run a 4-3 scheme, so they have bigger, stronger defensive ends. Rushers under 255 pounds won’t do. They need strong edge setters who can also get after the quarterback. Duke’s Victor Dimukeje fits the mold here in round three.
Dimukeje had a strong junior season in 2019, totaling 8.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. It remains to be seen if he plays the entire 2020 season, but it would be good for him. Dimukeje had a very good first step out of his stance to get offensive linemen on their heels. He has strong and active hands to keep linemen off balance. Dimukeje is a great player against the run, showing the ability to process things quickly.
The one thing he needs to show in his senior season is a more consistent plan of attack as a rusher. He’s flashed the ability to dip and rip, but often sticks with a bull rush and doesn’t have much to counter. A strong senior campaign could boost his stock.