When the Raiders selected D.J. Hayden in the first round of the 2013 draft, the plan was for this young man to come in and help shore up the cornerback position.
Instead, Hayden struggled to find his groove, playing in just eight games during his rookie campaign—according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Hayden finished the 2013 season with an uninspiring negative 6.6 grade.
Though it's way too early to give up on Hayden, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie would be wise to go out and try to bolster this secondary in the upcoming draft.
Defensive backs like Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert, Jason Verrett and Marcus Roberson represent just a few names on a deep list of talented cornerbacks entering the draft. If the goal is to add a quality player a bit later on in the draft, Kyle Fuller out of Virginia Tech is a name worth remembering.
When you put on the tape, it's easy to fall in love with this young man's skill set.
A supreme athlete with fantastic coverage skills, Fuller's draft stock has dipped since he underwent surgery to fix a core muscle injury he sustained last November—according to of The Baltimore Sun, that same injury kept Fuller from participating in the 2014 Senior Bowl.
If Fuller can put his injury woes aside in the weeks leading up to the draft, he would be a wonderful addition for the Raiders on Day 2.
A player who oozes first-round potential, because of his injuries and the overall depth at the cornerback position, it's realistic to think Fuller could tumble into the third round.
If that turns out to be the case, Oakland would be able to get their hands on one of Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com's (h/t CBSSports.com) top 50 prospects.