Raiders Free Agent Wishlist: Best of what's left on defense

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders jumped into the fray in the second wave by adding some nice pieces to the defensive line. They filled the defensive end position with Justin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley and added a defensive tackle in Antonio Smith. They also brought in cornerback, Tarell Brown. But there is still work to be done.

There are still a few need positions on the team. The top defensive position where the Raiders still have a need are defensive tackle, free safety, and slot corner. With those positions in mind, here are the best players still available.

DT  Pat Sims - Letting Vance Walker go in favor of Antonio Smith was a wise decision. No bringing Pat Sims back would not be. He has a great season last year and earned a longer deal. Sims has visited other teams but has yet to sign. Therefore his price tag will be pretty good so if by the end of camp the team thinks Stacy McGee is the answer, Sims will make for great depth and/or a rotational player.

DT  Henry Melton - Melton is one of the best defensive tackles in the game and would be a real get if the Raiders could reel him in. Though he is a Texas native and is visiting the Cowboys as we speak and with the Cowboys' desperate need on the defensive line, there is every reason to believe he signs there.

S Charles Woodson - Woodson and the Raiders are still talking about him returning for what would be his final NFL season and retiring as a Raider. He's still a damn good defensive back at 37 years of age and a real asset as a leader in the locker room. The Raiders can definitely afford to toss Woodson a bit more than most teams and let him ride into the sunset in a Raiders uniform. Good for the team and good for the fans.

S Chris Clemons - Clemons has gotten better and better each season in the NFL. He will be 29 at the beginning of the season so he still have a few good seasons left.

S Thomas DeCoud - DeCoud became a cap casualty this off-season. He would be a great pick up to compete with Usama Young at free safety should the team not re-sign Woodson.

S Patrick Chung - Chung has been an average safety in the league the past few years. While he may not be fantastic option, he is a serviceable starter for a needy team.

CB  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - This one might be a "why bother?" mention because Rodgers-Cromartie is a starter in the NFL in his prime. The Raiders have their two starters in D.J. Hayden and newly signed Tarell Brown. But DRC is the best out there by a long shot so he needs to be here.

CB  Javier Arenas - There is just about nothing left out there as far as good cornerbacks. Arenas can return kicks and plays a decent bit of slot corner as well. He spent last season with the Cardinals but they had no place for him with Tyrann Mathieu manning the slot corner position.

LB  Dan Connor - Sure, linebacker is set for the Raiders, but having a viable middle linebacker option aside from Nick Roach is needed. Connor is the best out there for that job.

See the best of what's left: OFFENSE

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