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What condition the Raiders position is in: Cornerback

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We take a look at the cornerback position for the Raiders and diagnose it Strong, Stable, Touch and go, Serious, or Critical.

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Starters: D.J. Hayden, T.J. Carrie
Depth: Keith McGill, Neiko Thorpe, James Dockery, Ras-I Dowling, Rob Daniel, Chimdi Checkwa, Dexter McDonald, SaQwan Edwards

Taking the two starting spots are D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie. Hayden is entering his third season after the team spent the 12th overall pick on him in the 2013 draft. Carrie was a seventh round pick last year and earned a shot to be a starter as a rookie. The nickel corner is last year's fourth round pick, Keith McGill, who didn't play a lot as a rookie. Behind those three are returning reserve Neiko Thorpe and free agent addition, James Dockery.

Condition: Serious

This is an extremely young and inexperienced group. D.J. Hayden leads the group with 10 career starts over two seasons. The rests of the top five have a combined 7 starts between them. There is a great deal of uncertainty as to what kind of talent they have.

Adding to the uncertainty are health concerns. Hayden has missed 16 games over two seasons due to injury and Carrie had missed two whole seasons in college, so it's hard to say if he can be counted upon to hold up an entire season as a starter. McGill missed four games midway through last season with injury as well.

The team didn't go out and make a big free agent signing at the corner position or spend a mid to high draft pick on a corner. They were expected to add some talent just to feel more comfortable at the position and the only free agent addition is James Dockery who has two career starts in four seasons and the only draft pick was Dexter McDonald with their final pick in the seventh round.