Raiders 53-man roster projection 1.0: Defense

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Cornerback (5): David Amerson, Sean Smith, Gareon Conley, TJ Carrie, Antonio Hamilton

The cornerback position may be the easiest position group to predict for Oakland, with Raiders rookie cornerback Gareon Conley joining veterans Sean Smith, David Amerson, TJ Carrie and Antonio Hamilton on the unit.

Amerson and Smith are both big corners who have shown glimpses of Pro Bowl caliber play, however, each have also proven to be inconsistent in their efficacy as well.

Oakland got outstanding play out of TJ Carrie in 2016 after injuries sidelined former Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden for the rest of the year. Carrie has enough speed, quickness in size to work as a nickel cornerback and safety, meaning he will likely spell Conley at times this year.

Finally, Hamilton will have to fight for the fifth spot, but did play decently in limited action last season.


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