Last offseason the Oakland Raiders selected cornerback Gareon Conley in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. A year later and we are still yet to see this promising corner’s full ability in action.
Numerous injuries plagued Conley during his rookie year including an operation last November to repair shin splints. Raider Nation only saw him take part in two games but there was plenty to be optimistic about as he looked solid against the Jets and the Redskins.
Coming into the 2018-2019 season, we can assume Conley is going to be a major part of the secondary that looked beyond embarrassing for the most part last season.
Conley, formerly of Ohio State is a versatile player who played both corner spots in college and has enough juice to match up with quick receivers, standing at 6-feet tall and 195 pounds, he’s got the traits to be a shutdown corner this year “IF” he stays healthy.
After the hiring of Jon Gruden early in the offseason, this meant players could start offseason workouts early. Workouts commenced on April 9th and some intriguing news emerged via NFL Network’s Steve Wyche:
“One player that they’re (Raiders) looking for a lot next year is cornerback Gareon Conley, last year’s first-round draft pick. He is recovering from shin surgery. They said he’s not been fully cleared for workouts so far.
He (Gareon Conley) is lifting, but they are going to take their time with him to make sure he’s good to go once training camp starts,”
Conley should be good to go when preseason starts but if not the Raiders have brought in plenty of new faces to fill the void even before the 2018 NFL draft takes place.