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I'm working under the assumption that Nnamdi Asomugha will not return to the Raiders. Although he is a great player, I don't believe upwards of a million of a game is really worth it for a cornerback. The random clause that voided his contract was a blessing in disguise, allowing the Raiders to retain other free agents. I don't see him coming back for less, and I don't see Davis paying him the same again.
The Raiders need to use their top pick on a versatile corner. This is a draft flush with first-round cornerback talent that could fall to the second round if the cards fall into place. Patrick Patterson and Prince Amukamara are sure top picks, but Jimmy Smith, Brandon Harris and Aaron Williams have the potential to slip to the Raiders in the second round.
Jimmy Smith of the Colorado Buffaloes is an interesting story. Although his team was one of the poorest in the Big 12 last season, he managed to tally 140 tackles and 15 pass breakups over the past two seasons.
Brandon Harris from the Miami Hurricanes is a junior with 129 tackles and three interceptions in 39 games. His combined numbers were not up to the rest of the potential first-round pack, which might see him slip to the late second round.
Given his amount of playing time, Texas' Aaron Williams has some eye popping stats. As a junior for a disappointing Longhorns team, he managed 46 tackles, five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and a blocked punt in 11 games. He also played on special teams, giving him a versatility element entering the NFL.
Any of these players could be first round picks in another year but with such talent available anyone could be taken in the second by the Raiders. Given the choice it seems Williams would be the best since he achieved the best stats and played against the highest level of talent in the Big 12.