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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Raiders preparing for Asomugha to leave

By Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders are clearly preparing for star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to leave.

With the first of their two picks in the fourth round, Oakland took Ohio State cornerback Chimdi Chekwa. In the third round, Oakland took Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke. He was among the fastest players at the combine, which is a Raider trademark.

Van Dyke and Chekwa are insurance if Asomugha leaves as a free agent, which is expected around the league. He will be the best free agent on the market. The Raiders clearly feel the same way.

Think about it, if Asomugha does come back, what will the Raiders do with all of their young cornerbacks? It’s clear these two players were taken because the Raiders are preparing to move on without Asomugha.

Like Van Dyke, Chekwa can run. He runs a 4.38 40-yard dash. He got great experience while playing at Ohio State. Like Van Dyke, Chekwa is a project and might not be ready to play right away. But they both might have to play soon.

Oakland just took Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones, who is burner. I’ll be back with some thoughts on that choice.