It is obvious that Jon Gruden is not that big of a fan of former Raiders first round pick Karl Joseph. As a result, fellow safety Reggie Nelson saw most of the snaps on Monday. Meanwhile, he looked every bit of his age. Most notably, when Nelson fell down trying to cover second year slot receiver Cooper Kupp. So, what do they do with him an what can they get if they trade him?
Below are some suitors who could use Joseph much better towards his full potential. Joseph compares to former Indianapolis Colts former first round pick Bob Sanders. Sanders was a fast, heat seeking missile at safety who lacked size. This would allow for 12th year veteran Leon Hall to fully transition to strong safety. In return, Marcus Gilchrist would completely hold down the free safety position. Also, a move would potentially keep Nelson off the field. Hall is definitely a better player than the likes of Erik Harris. Furthermore, he already proved against the Rams that physically isn’t an issue. Nelson is an emergency spot starter at this point in his career.
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Newly signed free agent Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie seems close to ocking up a starting corner spot. As a result. which means he, Gareon Conley and Rashaun Melvin are the top three guys and can mesh well together. Since Gruden clearly possesses no use for Joseph, he might as well continue his method of trading former first round picks. However, he could actually get some value back. The Raiders need pass rush help or some extra linebacker depth, in case someone gets hurt. All these teams have that capacity to give up some people and Joseph would fit in great on their defense. Here are some potential players the Raiders might be able to trade for.
- Baltimore Ravens: Edge rushers Tyus Bowser & Tim Williams or a nickel corner.
- Tennessee Titans: Edge rushers Derrick Morgan or Brian Orakpo
- Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive end Jordan Willis or linebacker Malik Jefferson
- Denver Broncos: Shane Ray
- Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson
- Robert Ayers
- John Simon