Leatherwood was picked as the number. 17 selection during the 2021 draft, which was a result of a selection out of Alabama and was considered to be too far when he was selected.

He had a difficult time securing an area for himself on the Raider's offensive line, and yet he managed to play every single game of his rookie year.

But, his performance was not enough to allow Las Vegas to hold onto the player until 2022. According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport,

But, his performance was not enough to allow Las Vegas to hold onto the player until 2022. According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport,

The Raiders considered the possibility of trading Leatherwood but couldn't attract one of the other teams to make an offer.

The absence of a viable agreement caused Las Vegas to eat approximately $7.9 million from the salary cap, by not waiving Leatherwood before the deadline for cutting rosters on Tuesday.

Leatherwood was the last pick in the first round made by Jon Gruden, who coached the Raiders from 2018 until 2021,

and also the former General Manager Mike Mayock. In the seven selections for the first round that were made by Gruden and Mayock

only four players-offensive lineman Kolton Miller as well as defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell and safety Johnathan Abram and running back Josh Jacobs- remain in Las Vegas.

Miller has been the only of the three players remaining on the roster with his fifth-year option granted from the Raiders.