An insider's look at new Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith

An insider's look at new Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith

Nick Athan of Warpaint Illustrated took some time to provide a quick insight on new Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith.

Athan quickly touched up on his game, as well as how he sees him fitting in with the defense under Ken Norton, Jr.

"He's a very physical corner that can jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. He has a terrific instinct in locating the ball and is a sure tackler. With his added height, he has the wing span to disrupt passes and the closing speed to catch up if necessary.
Smith has a tendency to take plays off. Sometimes he loses focus - especially when he doesn't turn his head around when the ball is coming toward the receiver. Further, despite great speed and physicality, he plays flat footed and does not use his natural instincts to prevent a big play. He will get burned oft. 
It's not going to be easy to manage Smith as a DC. He likes to play the cornerback position with reckless abandon that often results in big plays.  His strength is to play physical.  If you put him in zone coverage, he tends to play too soft and becomes an easy target to pick on with a short quick passing route. The challenge will be to get him to play man and zone coverage with equal consistency.
If he's motivated properly, and he should with the contract the Raiders shelled out, he's an above average shutdown cornerback. He's never going to be an elite CB in this league because he's never shown to be a consistent defender.  HE should however fill the void for the Raiders but he's not in my view a #1 cornerback.  
As for many of the reasons, I've already mentioned. The Chiefs had a pay threshold that the Raiders were willing to cross. KC's last offer was in the $7.5M a year range and were never serious contenders to over pay for his services like the Raiders did to take him away from their division rival."

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