On the eve of the lockout, the Oakland Raiders went on a spending spree, re-signing key contributors like Richard Seymour, Kamerion Wimbley and Stanford Routt. Of those players not to ink a new deal with the Raiders, the most notable was star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. When free agency starts, Asomugha will be the best player in the free agent pool and will draw interest from all over the league. Given the amount of money the Raiders have already spent this off season, it is highly unlikely they will be able to re-sign Asmugha.
Without Asomucha, the Raiders are left with Stanford Routt, an aging Chris Johnson and two second year players in late round draft picks Jeremy Ware and Walter McFadden. While Routt showed improvement last season, no one else on this squad has shown that they are ready to claim the starting spot opposite him, begging the question, will the Raiders be able to draft Nnamdi’s replacement?
Here is a look at five possible replacements for Nnamdi that are reasonably available to the Raiders in the upcoming draft.