Raiders draft outlook: Cornerbacks

Raiders draft outlook: Cornerbacks
April 15, 2013, 7:45 am
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The Raiders might use the No. 3 overall pick on Dee Milliner, the top cornerback in the draft. (AP)

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Cornerbacks
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Raiders Draft Outlook
Specialists
Cornerbacks
Safeties
Outside Linebackers
Insider Linebackers
Defensive Linemen
Offensive Linemen
Tight Ends
Wide Receivers
Running Backs
Quarterbacks

We continue our position-by-position series on the Raiders' draft outlook with a look at the cornerbacks…

Who's here: Phillip Adams, Chimdi Chekwa, Coye Francies, Joselio Hanson, Mike Jenkins, Taiwan Jones, Cory Nelms, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Tracy Porter, Brandian Ross.

Draft needs: Quantity does not always mean quality, even with the Raiders currently boasting 10 players at cornerback. This position is a microcosm of the Raiders' rebuilding efforts with Oakland totally revamping itself here. Sure, the Raiders have picked up a pair of presumptive starters in Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter, but that does not mean they are done addressing cornerback, so yeah, the Raiders could use the draft to add another. But where do they draft a cornerback -- at No. 3, or later in the draft?

Good fits: If the Raiders are unable to trade down, might they target Alabama's Dee Milliner at No. 3 overall? Or if they do move down in the first round, could they then focus on the likes of Washington's Desmond Trufant or Florida State's Xavier Rhodes, the best-ranked corners not named Dee Milliner. Oakland is already familiar with Trufant from coaching him in the Senior Bowl. Same goes with Oregon State's Jordan Poyer, who is considered a second-round draft pick, Boise State's Jamar Taylor and Connecticut's Blidi Wreh-Wilson, both of whom are though of as third-rounders, and Utah State's Will Davis and UConn's Dwayne Gratz, considered fourth-rounders.

 

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