Gareon Conley, Daryl Worley, Trayvon Mullen, Nick Nelson, Nevin Lawson, Isaiah Johnson
Last season’s group of cornerbacks never really got into sync. They never really settled into set roles, and by doing so, couldn’t find any rhythm. This season, there’s three new faces that make the 53 at cornerback.
The Raiders get back their two starting cornerbacks with Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley patrolling the outside. Last year was Conley’s coming out party, where he established himself as one of the better cover corners in the NFL. Most notably, last season when the Raiders went head-to-head against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Conley nearly shut down Antonio Brown.
Worley still needs some fine tuning, but is still young and able to mature into a well-developed cornerback.
Giving the unit a buffer to lean on, will be Nick Nelson, Nevin Lawson, and Isaiah Johnson. Nelson saw extended action in his rookie season last year, and has his moments, but ultimately still needs to work on his technique. Lawson came from the Detroit Lions where he served as their starting cornerback over the last four seasons.
He’ll be a nice supplemental piece to come off the bench who can still be able to get the job done. Johnson is a converted wide receiver from the University of Houston, but has shown that he has what it takes to excel as a large and rangy cornerback.