Raiders: Expect big changes on the defensive side in 2022
In the defensive backfield, the Raiders added two quality cornerbacks last season, with Casey Hayward coming in via free agency, and Nate Hobbs becoming a steal on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft. While Hobbs is under contract in 2022, Hayward will hit free agency, and with Gus Bradley gone, who knows where he is going to end up.
At safety, the team traded up to get Tre’Von Moehrig in the second round, and he had an outstanding rookie season as well. Holdover Johnathan Abram struggled at times once again in Year 3, and the jury is still out as to whether or not he is going to be a mainstay in this secondary moving forward.
Overall, I could see the Raiders adding multiple players to each position group, with Amik Robertson and Abram being cut candidates with the new front office in place.
New Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels is saying all the right things at this year's NFL Combine, especially with regards to quarterback Derek Carr.
The defense as a whole took a step forward last season under Bradley, but this is a new regime and one that is going to want to get off on the right foot. Bill Belichick prides himself on the defense, and for this new regime, Raider Nation would love nothing more than for them to do the same.