Chimdi Chekwa and many other NFLers suffered the cruelest fate of all in football. Chekwa was among the many that made the final cut only to be given their walking papers less than 24 hours later. However it wasn’t just Chekwa’s time on the Raiders’ 2012 roster that was short lived. His career in Silver and Black was pretty much over before it started too.
A 4thround pick out of Ohio State in 2011, Chekwa got one lockout shortened camp, an injury filled rookie season and a full camp under a new regime to prove his NFL worth. Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen clearly weren’t impressed. Thus Chekwa was given his unceremonious exit and yet another Al Davis experiment has ended.
If you’re keeping score this would be the third player drafted by Davis in the last three years that has been sent packing by McKenzie. Both Bruce Campbell and Louis Murphy were at least traded. Chekwa now has to play the waiting game to see if another NFL team will come calling.
There is little doubt that Chekwa’s time in the 40-yard-dash was the biggest reason why he appeared on Oakland’s draft board last year. Watching Chekwa at Ohio State you knew he had talent. There was just no reason to assume he’d ever be much more than a solid nickel corner at best. Nothing wrong with that though. Especially when you’re talking about a Raider team in need of a reliable nickel corner.
Unfortunately for Allen he didn’t see enough from Chekwa to keep him in the rotation amongst the Oakland secondary. Seems the coaching staff feels more comfortable with the corners they’ve recently signed and see little of over Chekwa whom they’ve coached and observed for months now.
Chekwa’s release should also be a warning to DeMarcus Van Dyke. Given his poor play in the preseason it stands to reason this will be DVD’s last season in Silver and Black unless he shows something when the opportunity presents itself this year.