In the Raiders’ current 4-3 system, Josh Chapman can take over for where John Henderson left as a two-down run stopper. Strong enough to handle double teams and maneuver past blockers to get to the ball carrier, Chapman returned to the bench press for the first time in over two months and lifted 225 pounds 29 times at his Pro Day in early March.
Chapman played through a torn ACL in the final eight games in his senior campaign and continues to recover from his mid-January knee surgery. When healthy, the 6-1, 315-pound interior lineman is a rock as a defender and plays with a low center of gravity and great balance. In his final two seasons at Alabama, he racked up a total of 54 tackles and 5.0 TFL.
He plays with the dedication and toughness the Raiders covet and could take on the reins as a starter by mid-season in a 3-4 or 4-3 system. He was also brought in by the team for a workout. Don’t be surprised if Oakland pursues a new-look 3-4 front at some point.