Since the Oakland Raiders kicked off training camp, they’ve enjoyed a pleasant amount of depth at the cornerback spot. One of the main reasons for this sudden boost in talent at the position is Chance Casey, an undrafted rookie out of Baylor.
With rookie first-rounder D.J. Hayden still wearing the red shirt at practice and veterans Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter sitting out significant snaps, Casey has had an opportunity to see the field early and often during Raiders training camp.
When he does get the opportunity, the 5’11”, 190-pound Casey routinely makes impact plays that have begun to turn the heads of the Raiders coaching staff. He’s been shutting down the third-team wide receivers – one highlight was a pass breakup against Andre Holmes deep down the sideline – and appears to have put himself in position to get some snaps with the second-team defense.
Throughout his college career at Baylor, Casey racked up 212 total tackles, three interceptions, 18 defended passes and three forced fumbles. Although he failed to garner enough attention from scouts to hear his named called this past April, the safety-turned-cornerback appears to be making the most of his opportunity with the Raiders.
Realistically, Casey has a long way to go before he’s even in the conversation for a spot on the 53-man roster. The Raiders already have their top three cornerbacks locked down, and a hoard of talented youngsters vying for two or three other spots on the depth chart. If Casey is going to make the regular season roster, he must beat out at least Taiwan Jones, Brandian Ross, Chimdi Chekwa and Mitchell White. He’s facing long odds, but nothing is impossible in the NFL.
GM Reggie McKenzie continues to prove how keen of an eye he has for unheralded talent. Casey is just the latest example of an undrafted rookie who could make waves for the Raiders in 2013.