Another NFL regular season is in the books and for the 10th straight year, the Oakland Raiders failed to make a postseason appearance. Oakland was in a win-or-go-home scenario in Week 17 against the rival San Diego Chargers where a win would have sent the Silver and Black to the playoffs.
The Raiders fell short, and that meant it was back to the drawing board. The front office acted quickly, dismissing Hue Jackson as head coach and hiring Packers executive Reggie McKenzie as general manager.
The Raiders looked the part of a playoff team for much of the year, but injuries to key players, defensive breakdowns and ill-advised penalties plagued Oakland once again.
With the NFL Draft looming in April, the Raiders are looking to add a few pieces to the puzzle in order to make a run at the playoffs in 2012. The bad news is that the Raiders only own fifth- and sixth-round selections as of now. The good news is that compensatory picks will likely come the Raiders way due to the losses of Nnamdi Asomugha and Robert Gallery among others.
Even with these extra picks, which don't occur until after end of the third round, the highest the Raiders can expect to select without trading up is around pick 100.
With these limitations in mind, let's take a look at some mid-to-late-round steals that could make an impact in Oakland...