Draft outlook: Safety

This is one story in a series looking ahead to the NFL Draft and how it pertains to the Oakland Raiders needs. Today, here's a look at safety:

What the Raiders have: Even though he is on the downside of his Hall-of-Fame career, all signs point toward Rod Woodson coming to Oakland. Woodson was one of 13 Raiders to finish the season on injured reserve. Even though Woodson is 39-years old, he is definitely worthwhile for Oakland to bring back if for no other reason than to teach the younger players.

Derrick Gibson, who was the Raiders first-round pick in 2001, has not developed as they envisioned. Anthony Dorsett is an unrestricted free agent who has not hooked yet with another team so he could be back in a Raiders uniform. One thing remains certain; Dorsett and Gibson give up far too many big plays.

Nnamdi Asomugha could be an option at safety as well. Asomugha, who was one of two first-round picks last year, played corner and safety along with the nickel and dime packages.

What the Raiders might do: Even if it decides to bring Woodson back to groom the youngsters, Oakland needs help here and will probably address it either late on Day One or early on Day Two.

Ohio State's Will Allen, Arizona State's Jason Shivers or Southern Mississippi's Etric Pruitt are among those who might be available at that time.


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