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Raiders sign first-round pick in tackle Kolton Miller

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The Oakland Raiders have spent much of the offseason restructuring their roster in hopes of pushing the franchise forward toward getting back in the playoff picture. Among those additions this NFL offseason has been their large class of incoming draft picks.

One of which is former UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller, who the team announced have agreed to terms on his rookie deal on Friday morning ahead of the start of the voluntary team organized workouts.

The Raiders’ selection of Miller came with some criticism due to what was perceived as being an opportunity to take some of the top defensive talents still on the board at that point in Florida State safety Derwin James, Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander, and Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans. The team had instead elected to bring on some promising talent along the offensive line for the long haul.

Miller is viewed as being still a work in progress but has potential to develop into a high-end asset on the offensive line for the Raiders. He will have the opportunity to learn from Oakland’s group of established in Donald Penn, Gabe Jackson, Kelechi Osemele, and Rodney Hudson. There likely won’t be any pressure on him to start right out of the gate as he adjusts to playing at the next level.

The Raiders likely made this selection with the mind frame that he could be the eventual replacement for Penn, who is entering the final two years of his deal. This was only heightened by the off-the-field issues that have arisen over the last few weeks that could make him expendable if Miller proves to be a viable asset in his rookie campaign. Nonetheless, the Raiders have taken care of some much-needed business by inking one of their potential long-term pieces of the puzzle to his first NFL contract.