The Las Vegas Raiders had plenty of issues on defense this year.

Much of it came in the back half of their defensive unit. The defensive line wasn’t always consistent, but the talent is undeniable.

In the secondary, there is much less proven talent. The depth is nonexistent as well.

The Raiders need to improve their defense in a big way if they want to take a step forward next season. They didn’t live up to expectations this year, and that cannot happen next season, too.

The Raiders are selecting seventh overall in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

At that spot, there are sure to be a handful of impressive cornerbacks on the board. If they decide to trade back, they could still snag a very talented CB.

Christian Gonzalez, Oregon

Gonzalez has been a climber on draft boards this season. He was one of the best cornerbacks in college football this year, and he was a big reason that Oregon had a solid season in the Pac-12.

He totaled four interceptions and four pass deflections in 2022.

Gonzalez has prototypical size for an NFL cornerback, and he uses it quite well. He’s a physical defensive back, but he does not get too handsy with receivers.

Gonzalez knows his limits, even if there aren’t many. His versatility in man and zone coverage would be a massive upgrade for the Raiders’ secondary.

Joey Porter Jr., Penn State

As the son of a former NFL defender, Joey Porter Jr. shows a ton of NFL traits already.

Porter Jr. has absolute vines for arms. Additionally, his work in press man coverage is possibly the best in the entire draft class.

You will never see a wide receiver physically dominate Porter Jr. He competes consistently, and his quick first step helps him against faster receivers.

His transitional quickness is another pro in his game as well. He’s just a very smooth cornerback already.

He hasn’t unlocked his full potential, but the physical ability is so clear on tape for the former Nittany Lion.

The Raiders would make plenty of sense for him as well.

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