General manager Reggie McKenzie knows another impactful draft could springboard his team.
So, the Raiders' roster architect should zero in on one name this week as he takes in Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala.: Duke safety Jeremy Cash.
After losing Charles Woodson to retirement, McKenzie needs defensive backs with size, hands, and tackling ability. He could do far worse than Cash, who's earned comparisons to Packers' breakout rookie Damarious Randall for his ability to multitask.
Like Woodson, Cash is a lockdown defender in run support. He'll play near the line of scrimmage or in the slot where his quickness can shut down shifty receivers. And he'd be the perfect addition to a poor tackling team like the Raiders, who whiffed far too often in 2015.
Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. likes his cover men lanky and tall. Cash (6-foot-2) fits the bill; he could be a Kam Chancellor-type in Norton's Seattle-style scheme.