And so a week after the first players arrived in Indianapolis for the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, the last of those players will have their day on the field before departing.
Appropriately, the last to have their day are those who are the last line of defense — the defensive backs.
The projected first round prospects starts with Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick who is a safety by trade but talented enough to be considered either a safety or a cornerback at the next level. Then there’s Florida State safety Derwin James and Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward, all of whom are likely to be chosen in the top half of the first round.
The combine workouts do the most for the other four cornerbacks who have a shot at the first round. Jaire Alexander, Mike Hughes, Josh Jackson, and Isaiah Oliver are all first round caliber corners, but what order they go or if they slip into the second round could depend a great deal on how they perform today.
Unless the Raiders are able to fill their need at cornerback in free agency, they will be watching these guys pretty closely with the idea of selecting one in the first two days of the draft.
Fitzpatrick’s teammate Ronnie Harrison will also be looking to prove he is worth being in the discussion as a late first round/early second round safety pick. Oh, and their DB coach the past two seasons is now the Raiders DB coach. Just sayin.