Round 4, 126th Overall: Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
Even after the Las Vegas Raiders acquired Ya-Sin via trade, there are still question marks at one of the most important positions, especially in this division and conference. Ya-Sin can hopefully snag one of the starter spots, and they did sign Anthony Averett, but Trayvon Mullen hasn’t panned out and they have so many guys on one-year deals.
Cam Taylor-Britt is an intriguing name, and he’s seen a bump in his 2022 NFL Draft stock. Taylor-Britt plays a very intuitive brand of football, with quick recognition skills and impressive stickiness in man coverage. He plays the ball well, and offers inside-outside versatility (which is nice to have even with Nate Hobbs in house).
Round 5, 164th Overall: Thomas Booker, DL, Stanford
While the edges are pretty covered with Jones, Crosby, and young draft picks, the interior of the defensive line is a pretty barren cupboard. Only Vernon Butler, Andrew Billings, and Kyle Peko are currently under contract, and they need more bodies to defend the run and get after the quarterback.
Thomas Booker is a smart defensive lineman who will instantly contribute against the run. He’s got a great grasp of gap integrity, and plays with impressive quickness that can be utilized to attack gaps when asked to and get after quarterbacks. He can two gap as well and has continued to show quicker and more effective hand usage at the point of attack.