Oakland Raiders: First-round 2019 NFL mock draft, Senior Bowl edition

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I’m a firm believer in the idea that every good NFL defense needs two outstanding cornerbacks. The Raiders already have one in Gareon Conley, who enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign. The other one, however, is not on the roster at this moment.

Maybe Greedy Williams can be the man to help return this Raiders defense to relevance?

Sure, there are some concerns about Williams as he prepares to make the jump to the NFL. He’s a bit lanky, and isn’t very aggressive against the run. It seems like that’s nearly a prerequisite to play for Gruden, but it’s a skill that can be learned with the right coaching.

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What Williams does bring to the table is tremendous length and coverage skills. And realistically, that’s what the Raiders need right now. Pulling the trigger on Williams here at No. 4 is a tad risky, but the potential he brings to a floundering defense outweighs the possible problems associated with inserting him across from Conley.

Shutdown cornerbacks are invaluable in today’s pass-happy NFL. Seeing as Williams has the potential to develop into one, he was too hard to pass on.