The NFL is a passing league, of that there is no doubt, typically a team will accumulate twice as many yards through the air as on the ground, often more. Now, on offense you can choose the balance of your attack, and perhaps over the years the Raiders have been a little more synonymous with running the ball.
However on defense you have to respond to what the opposition is doing. In a passing league you'd better be able to put pressure on the QB and whilst you are doing it, cover receivers, enabling your pass-rushers to get the job done. Its about finding a good balance between your rush and your secondary. Probably more than any other division, in the AFC West, this applies the most.
There is no doubt in Free-agency we have gone a long way to improving our pass rush, with the acquisitions of Tuck, Woodley and Smith, but I would argue that with the departure of Jenkins and Porter, we are woefully thin at cornerback.
We have obtained Brown for the 49ers, he is slotted into a starting position, along with the 2nd year, Hayden. Hayden showed some flashes that he was starting to get to grips with the position before he succumbed to injury. However there are still question marks as to whether he can become a fully fledged starter. After that, there is Adams, Casey, Chekwa and Jones. Bodies yes, quality questionable. what are we doing to cover 3 & 4 receiver sets?
As far as I'm aware, there are no quality free-agent corners left on the market. We therefore have to look either to the draft or to being lucky with a cap casualty. I have read countless mock drafts by journalists and posters, very few of them show us picking a corner in the first 2 rounds.
I don't know what other posters think but I'm staring to thing about a trade back in the 1st for Dennard? Not flashy, but surely a necessity?