With the 219th pick in the draft, the Oakland Raiders selected cornerback Travis “T.J.” Carrie out of the University of Ohio. While 7th round picks are long shots to make the roster, Carrie has tremendous upside and could be in line to produce as a rookie.
Carrie has a long college injury resume, missing time in 2009 with a torn labrum and missing all of 2012 with a shoulder injury. However, he does have good size and ball skills, grabbing nine career interceptions at Ohio. He likely won’t compete for defensive snaps soon as he adapts from the MAC to the pro level. He does have the skills to eventually compete for time in the slot, where his speed and quickness can be useful.
Where Carrie wins however, is on special teams. He was one of the top punt returners in the nation, leading the MAC in punt return average. There aren’t many experienced return men on the Raiders. Taiwan Jones has done decently, and is better as a kick returner. However, Jones’ spot is likely safe after signing a three year extension earlier this spring.
Behind presumed starter DJ Hayden and free agent signings Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers, cornerback is a wide open competition. Keith McGill is near guaranteed a roster spot as long as he doesn’t face plant in camp. As stated before, Jones is likely a lock with his new contract. This likely leaves one roster spot between Chimdi Chekwa, Carrie, and Chance Casey.
If Carrie can have a good camp and prove a spark on punt return, the final cornerback spot should be locked up. He may not make any impact on the new look defense in Oakland, but Raiders fans should keep an number 38 on punt returns.