Just one day into rookie minicamp, Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquel Lee already has to be feeling some pressure that most fifth round selections aren’t accustom to.
Lee is expected to work at the middle linebacker position for a defense that ranked No. 26 overall in the NFL last year. Though Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie did not sign anyone via free agency before selecting Lee, coach Jack Del Rio has already been on record that the team is still looking for linebackers.
Interestingly, Lee will also be wearing the same number that Raiders coach Jack Del Rio sported during his NFL playing days, and did admit to the pressure he will face during camp.
Oakland let former Raiders RB Latavius Murray go via free agency and his expected replacement, retired Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, has not officially signed with the team.
If Lynch does not sign before the draft, McKenzie could assume Oakland has a true need at the running back position.
Mixon would be a perfect addition to the team, for he could start Day 1 as a three-down back and would likely run wild behind Oakland’s impressive offensive line that stands to be further bolstered this offseason.
Moreover, most of Raider Nation has been supportive of drafting Mixon on social media this offseason. Fans will find out if McKenzie takes the leap of faith required to draft the former Sooners RB at the 2017 NFL draft April 27-29 in Philadelphia.