By Steve Corkran
Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 1:31 pm in Oakland Raiders.
It would be easy to envision Al Davis making a huge splash by trading for Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney or Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora were he still around to make the calls for the Raiders.
However, this is a new era under general manager Reggie McKenize and owner Mark Davis. Therefore, big splashes aren’t as likely, at least for now.
That doesn’t mean the Raiders can’t make some small waves. What better way to do so than to trade for Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins?
The Cowboys reportedly are interested in dealing Jenkins in light of their signing Brandon Carr in free agency and selecting Morris Claiborne with the sixth pick of the NFL draft Thursday night.
Some reports say the Cowboys might part ways with Jenkins for as little as a fifth-round draft pick. It just so happens that the Raiders have a fifth-rounder that they can trade — that’s one of only two picks they have this year that can be traded.
Sure, the Raiders signed veteran cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer and Ron Bartell in free agency, as well as Pat Lee. They also have second-year players Chimdi Chekwa and DeMarcus Van Dyke, as well as Brandon Underwood, on their roster, too.
Jenkins was a first-round draft pick in 2008. He intercepted one pass and tied for the team lead with 10 passes broken up last season.
He is projected to be the No. 4 cornerback in Dallas. He could compete for a starting spot with the Raiders, no doubt. So, why not take a flier on a player who once was regarded enough to be taken in the first round?
It’s unlikely that the Raiders can find a comparable cornerback in the fifth round, if at all, in this year’s draft. Al Davis would have pulled the trigger on such a move, regardless if it meant dipping into next year’s draft bounty.
It remains to be seen whether McKenzie is as interested in making a bold move in hopes of turning someone else’s afterthought into a dependable player.