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Cornerbacks the Raiders Must Target Now That Byron Jones is Off the Market

Zach Brunner
Logan Ryan has spent his last three seasons with the Titans.
Logan Ryan has spent his last three seasons with the Titans. / Kathryn Riley/Getty Images
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There have been a number of cornerbacks finding new home to begin free agency, including Byron Jones, who was given the largest cornerback contract in NFL history. But there are still teams with a serious need in the secondary, and the Las Vegas Raiders are one of them.

These are the three cornerbacks that the Raiders must target now that some of the top options are no longer available.

3. Logan Ryan

Logan Ryan totaled four interceptions last season.
Logan Ryan totaled four interceptions last season. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Logan Ryan has seen a really solid career at the next level, rating as a consistent slot corner for a number of years. He is strong in coverage, taking the ball away four times last season for the Tennessee Titans, which was his highest total since 2015 with the New England Patriots. Ryan has also been a solid tackler during his career, though 20 of his 49 missed tackles came last season. He would be a strong veteran presence for this Raiders defense.

2. Nickell Robey-Coleman

Nickell Robey-Coleman is the highest-rated slot corner available.
Nickell Robey-Coleman is the highest-rated slot corner available. / Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

Nickell Robey-Coleman has rated high in slot corner coverage in each of the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. He may be the most coveted slot corner still available, and he would be a big upgrade for the Raiders. He may not be a high interception-count-type player, but do not let that fool you. Robey-Coleman can still shut offensive players down.

1. Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith has struggled to stay healthy in recent seasons.
Jimmy Smith has struggled to stay healthy in recent seasons. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

After a terrific 2017 season, Jimmy Smith has regressed to rank closer to the positional average over the past two years. However, this could be linked to injuries, as he has been banged up far too often lately. In fact, Smith has not played a full season since 2015, and he has done it only one other time in his career. If he can stay healthy, the potential is high for Smith, but he will likely be valued at an average market CB price on free agency. With the recent move to Las Vegas, the Raiders could up for a gamble on him.


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