Oakland Raiders: Cornerbacks to Target If Nnamdi Asomugha Doesn't Re-Sign

big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIIMarch 5, 2011

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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So far this offseason, Al Davis has committed a pretty large chunk of money to some potential free agents.  

Stanford Routt and John Henderson got new deals.  Kamerion Wimbley will get paid over $11 million with his franchise designation.  Zach Miller and Michael Bush just got first- and third-round tenders.  The price tag that comes with the tenders they got is pretty high.

With all this money being spent, you have to wonder if Davis' pockets are deep enough to get Nnamdi Asomugha under contract.  He was due to make over $17 million before his contract was voided.  

Davis made it clear that he doesn't believe spending that much money on one great player is the best decision when you can get two or three solid players for the same amount.  

Just in case—and I hope it's not the case—the Raiders and Asomugha aren't able to come to an agreement, here are a few CB prospects the Raiders might be looking at.  

Jimmy Smith, Colorado, 6'2", 211 lbs.

He is a big, physical corner.  Ironically, he is built almost exactly like Asomugha.  He is tall with long arms.  He even declared himself a better ball hawk than Asomugha in a recent interview.  

He had an excellent workout at the combine.  He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash and pressed 225 lbs. 24 times.  He is a late first-round/early second-round projection right now.  If he is there at No. 48 when the Raiders are on the clock, he might be too tempting for Davis to pass on.

Davon House, New Mexico State, 6'1", 202 lbs.

He had a decent workout at the combine with a 4.44 40-yard dash and 14 reps of 225 lbs.  He was most impressive in the three-cone drill where he posted a time of 6.65 seconds.

Scouts say his man coverage skills are his best asset he played almost exclusively in man coverage at New Mexico State.  He is also a very good tackler and solid in run support.  He has no problem recovering from a double-move and covers a lot of ground when the ball is in the air.  

Ras-I Dowling, Virginia, 6'1", 198 lbs.

A lot of mock drafts have Ras-I Dowling as the Raiders' first pick at No. 48.  He put himself on Davis' radar with a 4.40 40-yard dash and 19 reps of 225 lbs. at the combine.

He had eight interceptions, three forced fumbles and a sack during his first three years at Virginia.  He is great at wrapping and driving the ball carrier into the ground.  

An ankle injury cut his senior year short.  He'd be projected to go in the first round had he not gotten hurt.  He is definitely a first-round talent. 

Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State, 6'0", 191 lbs.

He got a lot of scouts' attention with his 4.38 40-yard dash and 10'6" broad jump.  He climbed a lot of people's big boards with his combine workout.  

He had three interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack to go with 42 tackles last season.  He anchored the Buckeyes' 2009 Big Ten champion outdoor 4x100 relay as well as their defensive backfield.  You know Davis loves his track stars.

Well, that's what I got today.  The more I think about it the more likely it seems that Asomugha isn't going to be back in Oakland unless he gives the Raiders a hometown discount.  

Just in case he isn't back, I'd like to see one of these young corners wearing the Silver and Black next season.


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