With free agency well underway and the 2013 NFL Draft rapidly approaching later this month, the Oakland Raiders will use one of these platforms to acquire another cornerback. Last season the Raiders used a number of different combinations in the secondary because of injuries. That magnified the importance of cornerback depth entering 2013.
So far this offseason the Raiders resigned both Coye Francies and Phillip Adams. Adams made two starts late in 2012 and played very well down the stretch of the season. Francies is primarily a special teams’ contributor. Oakland pairs those two signings with Brandian Ross, Chimdi Chekwa and running back turned cornerback Taiwan Jones. With such little experience, the Raiders turned to free agency and added Tracy Porter, who has the inside track to start at one of the cornerback positions. Now the Raiders need to add another starting caliber player.
If Oakland decides to wait until the NFL Draft to fill the need, Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner should be on their short list. The Raiders most likely will try to move down from the third overall selection to acquire more picks. They don’t have selections in the second or fifth round. Milliner has the talent to be off the board even if the Raiders keep the third pick, but would be an immediate contributor to a secondary in need of a boost. If the Raiders are successful in trading down, they could look to add a cornerback on the second day to solidify the position.
The Raiders could also go the free agency route to find another starting cornerback, but the selection is not optimal. Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins is still available and has drawn some interest from Oakland, but he is not a sure fire starter. Most of the other starting caliber cornerbacks have been taken off the market by other teams. The Raiders could still make a push to resign Joselio Hanson, who played well for them last season.
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