The Raiders got a stellar effort from former first round pick Gareon Conley in 2018, as he shrugged off any talk of him being a bust in his second season. Conley not only became the best cornerbacks on the Raiders, but possibly in the entire division, and should be a cornerstone of this defense moving forward.
Next season, Conley will lead a group that will include some young players, that is if they can get Daryl Worley back under contract. Oakland drafted Wisconsin standout Nick Nelson in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and if he can take a nice step forward in 2019, this cornerback group could be one of the deeper units in the division.
Looking ahead, the Raiders will have to bring in even more talent, and they may decide to roll the dice on Kris Boyd from Texas with their third round pick. Boyd stepped up big time in the Senior Bowl, raising his draft stock, and Raiders head coach Jon Gruden had a front row seat to see a player who could end up being a starter with Oakland next season.