Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/19/13
The Oakland Raiders are one of the few teams in the league that truly need help at every position, and cornerback is no exception. Starting cornerbacks Shawnte Spencer and Joselio Hanson are free agents next season, and it is unlikely that they keep both of them for next season. USC's Nickell Robey is probably one of the most undersized players at his position, however, watching him at USC, you could never tell. Robey comes in at 5'8 165 lbs, about 40 lbs. under the average cornerback weight, and 4 inches under the average height. Despite this physical limitation, Robey plays like a corner with a chip on his shoulder, and he has produced because of it.Robey ran track at USC to show off his blazing speed, coupled with his tremendous agility. From his freshman year until now, Robey has started every single game of his USC career, and has locked down opposing Pac-12 wide receivers ever since. Robey is an extremely fluid athlete, and shows smoothness in turning his hips. He reads the quarterback well, and reacts to receiver's movements very quickly. Although the USC cornerback is diminutive in size compared to some collegiate wide receivers, Robey is extremely physical in the run game, and is not afraid to enter the box if needed.The Raiders could use a bolstering at near every position both on offense and defense, Oakland could do worse than taking a chance on this undersized cornerback. Head Coach Dennis Allen drafted four defensive players last year, and yet, a secondary player was not one of them. After free agents on the team get acquitted, Robey should fit in nicely as an inside cornerback. 
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