Raiders RB Dylan Laube could be more than expected for the Raiders

In the 2024 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders selected New Hampshire running back Dylan Laube with the 208th pick.

Pro Football Focus wrote of Laube: “[His] Receiving and special teams skills should lead to a long NFL career, but his lack of true NFL size and strength could limit his ceiling.

Last season, Laube rushed for 745 yards on 161 attempts and nine touchdowns. He received a grade of 81.6 from the PFF.

In 2022, Laube had 1,205 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 245 attempts.

In both seasons combined, Laube had over 100 receptions for over 1,000 receiving yards.

Perhaps the most interesting statistic about Laube is his performance on late downs.

According to PFF, Laube had the best grade in the draft for “late-down rushing, four yards or less from target.”

PFF wrote: “[Laube] was incredibly effective in close-range, late release situations. Of his 12 runs on third and fourth downs of four yards or less, the New Hampshire defender was stopped just twice for a loss or no gain. Otherwise, he converted 75% of attempts while averaging 8.7 yards per carry.

Laube is also valuable as a special teams player.

Head coach Antonio Pierce and general manager Tom Telesco like Laube's intangibles.

“When I was on the phone with Coach Pierce, I said, 'Hey Coach, you have a dog,'” Laube said. “He said, 'Hey, Dylan, that's our culture here, just a bunch of dogs.' And I'm super excited, man, just because it's just a bunch of brave, tenacious guys, man, I can't wait to get into the black and gray, it's going to be so fun. I'm so excited.

Laube corresponds exactly to the image of the new silver and black football player.

Zamir White leads the Raiders' running back room – and expectations for a seventh-round pick are low.

However, there is no denying that Laube could land a place in the squad. He brings versatility as a tough running back who can receive at receiver, a potential role as a slot receiver or as a special teams contributor.

This is a Raiders team where everything is earned, and Laube has what it takes to be more than just a seventh-rounder.

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