Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Oakland Raiders [full archive here].
Season Recap – Tom Cable led the Raiders to an 8-8 record, marking their first winning season since the 2002 season. The Raiders finally began playing with passion and determination, and finished undefeated in the division. A big part of the success was Hue Jackson and the offensive scheme he employed – Darren McFadden topped a 1000 yards and new QB Jason Campbell led some exciting game-winning drives. At seasons end, Owner Al Davis felt Hue Jackson was better qualified to lead the Raiders, so he fired Tom Cable. In 2011, Jackson looks poised to bring the Raiders back to the playoffs.
1. Cornerback – With Nnamdi Asomugha set to depart; the Raiders have a hole to fill. Stanford Routt was resigned to a huge contract, but he struggled in the second half of the season. If Asomugha does not return, the Raiders have to find a new number 1. With no pick in the first round, the Raiders are likely to sign a free agent corner. I bet Antonio Cromartie appeals to Al Davis.
2. Center – Samson Satele had some trouble last season, and Jackson might want to find a better option. Stefen Wisniewski would be a great fit in the second round especially considering his father, Steve Wisniewski, was an eight time pro-bowler with Oakland and recently joined the team as an assistant offensive line coach.
3. Offensive Guard - Robert Gallery is gone and Cooper Carlisle will be 34 by the start of the season. Prospect Bruce Campbell is likely to start, which leaves one spot open. Daniel Loper was resigned and could be capable of securing a starting gig. If not, then the Raiders will attempt to fill the void through free agency.
4. Defensive Tackle – Oakland has spent a good amount of money at this position, but has to get younger. Richard Seymour and John Henderson are 32 and Tommy Kelly will be 31. Oakland should begin looking for some youth to learn under the three veterans. Oakland should select a DT in the middle rounds of the draft.
5. Quarterback – Hue Jackson backed Campbell as his starter, but you have to question if Campbell is the long-term answer. Hue Jackson specializes in working with QB’s, so it would be smart to start developing a young talent.