Versatility has been an attractive feature for Las Vegas Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler and the company.
There’s no doubt that Ziegler opted to sign guard Dylan Parham in the third round and offensive tackle Thayer Munford Jr. in the seventh round. Both played in multiple positions on the offensive line in college.
“Yeah, well, I think when you have players that have a lot of experience, there’s a lot of tape to see,” Ziegler said during the post-draft press conference. “You can see that progression and you can see that development that we talked about.”
“I wouldn’t say it’s like anything like specifically it’s like, okay, these guys started that time frame and that makes them more valuable, but what you often see at the college level is is guys can move and play differently the longer they’re around because in college you bring in different recruits and try to get the top five on the court.
Ziegler also says that watching recordings of players playing in different positions is beneficial because he gets to see how they play in different positions.
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“A guy ends up playing tackle for a while, then he plays guard, then he plays center,” Ziegler said. “Munford played tackle and played guard. I think the longer you stay there, what naturally happens a lot in college is that you get to see players play in different places, and again we talked about the importance of versatility in this position.
“We could see that in those players, and again that versatility is an important trait.”
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