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The Raiders seem set at cornerback in 2014. The team brought Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers to the East Bay from the San Francisco 49ers to support 2013 first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden.
In a perfect world, Hayden and Brown will start and Rogers will play in the slot when required. That will work this season, but the Raiders don’t have much planned beyond that.
Brown and Rogers signed one-year contracts, leaving Hayden without a partner in 2015. His long-term running mate might come from this draft.
Who's here: D.J. Hayden, Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Chance Casey, Chimdi Chekwa, Johnny Adams, Taiwan Jones, Neiko Thorpe
Draft needs: While the Raiders have several needs more pressing than cornerback, head coach Dennis Allen believes you can never have too many good cover men on the roster. The Raiders could look to the future in the later rounds, maybe as early as the third or fourth, and find someone who can develop into a quality starter.
Good fits: The Raiders brought Clemson corner Bashaud Breeland in for an official visit earlier this month, and is part of a new wave of larger, more physical cornerbacks. He’s projected to be a third-round pick. There are some quality options projected to be fourth-round selections, including Oregon’s Terrence Mitchell, Missouri’s E.J. Gaines and Walt Aikens from Liberty, players that play physical and fast.
With a starting lineup already in place, the Raiders can afford to wait a year for a return investment. With that in mind, Oklahoma’s Aaron Colvin – he tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl – could be a quality pick up in the later rounds. Before he got injured, Colvin was expected to be a third or fourth round pick.