Jackson Powers-Johnson will be a high roller for the Las Vegas Raiders

Mar 3, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oregon offensive lineman Jackson Powers-Johnson (OL58).
Mar 3, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oregon offensive lineman Jackson Powers-Johnson (OL58). / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders selected former Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson as the No. 44 overall pick.

One of the highest-rated offensive guards in the draft class, Powers-Johnson surprisingly slipped past the first round and the first few selections of Round 2.

When the Raiders posted on social media, welcoming their new offensive lineman, they labeled him a “difference maker” which couldn’t be more true.

A leader for Oregon’s offense last season, Powers-Johnson and the Ducks were finalists for the Joe Moore Award in 2023.

Powers-Johnson is heading to Vegas after three standout seasons for Oregon.

Despite being an offensive star, Powers-Johnson also earned 2 total tackles throughout his time in Eugene.

The Oregon center was a Unanimous All-American in 2023 as well as being named to the Walter Camp First-Team.

Powers-Johnson is the highest drafted center in Oregon history.

His brute strength and powerful drive make him a brick wall against defensive opponents. Powers-Johnson has quick hands and is extremely level-headed in high-pressure situations.

Powers-Johnson, who won the Rimington Trophy last season for the best center in the nation, was the second Duck drafted after Bo Nix was picked 12th overall by the Denver Broncos.

There are many more Ducks remaining in the 2024 NFL Draft who have yet to hear their names called including elite wide receiver Troy Franklin and standout safety Evan Williams.

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