Is This the Year the Oakland Raiders Fortify the Front Seven?


Published: March 29, 2009


... The Raiders have actually had a successful offseason signing the majority of their own free agents and filling holes on their offensive line without over-spending on free agents.

The team is currently two deep or better at every position on the offensive line prior to additions from the draft or un-drafted players.

The next step has to be attacking the two biggest weaknesses on the team; the defensive line and linebacker group. The scouting department will have to come up big here two ways 1) scouting talent 2) presenting these findings to Al Davis.

The Raiders have been horrible at stopping the run, the team ranked 31st in the league in 2008 allowing 159.7 yards per game with an average of 4.7 yards per carry. The best way to stop this trend is drafting a run-stopping defensive tackle or two.

The worst decision would be to roll out the same group without a new addition. Draft-wise the position has been grossly neglected. If the common...

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