The writing was on the wall for Lamarcus Joyner to be released by the Raiders this offseason. He never quite lived up to what they needed him to be as their primary nickel cornerback and was set to make a considerable amount this season.
Monday the team made their first addition at cornerback, signing veteran Rasul Douglas. But he plays outside cornerback, not the slot.
The only move the team has made at nickel was to bring back Nevin Lawson, who was the team’s fourth cornerback last season and who is suspended for the first two games of next season.
The Raiders drafted Amik Robertson in the fourth round last year in the hopes that he could develop into a slot corner role, but that hasn’t happened yet as he barely saw the field as a rookie.
At outside cornerback, they have a couple of recent high picks in Travon Mullen and Damon Arnette. And with Douglas as competition for Arnette thee, it’s the nickel job that is more urgent.
Here are a few who would fit the bill for the Raiders along with the round they could select them.