Las Vegas Raiders release former 2019 first-round pick Johnathan Abram

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The Las Vegas Raiders have released former first-round draft pick Johnathan Abram after failing to find a suitable trade for the safety before the deadline.

Abram, 26, was taken 27th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, but his professional career got off to a rough start when he tore his rotator cuff in his first regular season game, cutting his rookie season short after one half.

He played and started in 13 games in his second season, recording two interceptions and six pass breakups, before tallying a career-high 116 tackles as he started 14 games in his third season.

Eyebrows were raised about his future in Las Vegas after his fifth-year option was declined by the team, and the writing was on the wall when he lost his starting role in Week 8 to 31-year-old veteran Duron Harmon.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, of the 121 players who have logged at least 1000 coverage snaps since 2019, Abram has allowed the second-highest completion percentage as a nearest defender.

With his release, Abram is now the fourth of the Raiders' six first-round draft picks under former general manager Mike Mayock to not make it through their rookie contract.