Raider Nation didn’t see much of Chimdi Chekwa as a rookie. He was initially pegged as another Al Davis stopwatch special when selected in the 4th round after a 4.4-40 showing at the combine. Chekwa dealt with injury issues before his pro career began, then at start of his first NFL training camp and that continued into his first season with a hamstring issue that finally ended his rookie campaign.
When he was healthy enough to play in the preseason you saw some talent but also some serious room for growth. At one point the Raiders tried him out as a safety where he looked completely lost.
Of the four games he appeared in, Chekwa’s most memorable outing was his lone start against Tom Brady and the high powered Patriots passing game. There were some hit or miss moments as you’d expect but overall Chekwa looked fluid in coverage showing real potential.
Now the question is how big a step forward will he take in year two?
Reggie McKenzie’s roster overhaul seemingly unfolds with each passing week. Chekwa could be getting his last audition as a Raider. The secondary is a work in progress with the position of cornerback being one of the areas of greatest need for the team. Chekwa has a chance to get an expanded role coming out of camp as nothing is written in ink at this point. Aside from Tyvon Branch every position in the secondary is up for grabs.
Becoming a starter might be a real reach for Chekwa but challenging for a role as a nickel corner is realistic possibility.