2011 was a rough year for Oakland's defense. They finished 29th in both total defense (with 387.6 yards per game) and points per game allowed (with 27.1). It's not all that surprising; defense was always on the back burner during the Al Davis era.
But the Davis era is over, and Reggie Mckenzie is running the show in Oakland now. He hired Oakland's first coach with a defensive background since John Madden in Dennis Allen and has slowly gone about rebuilding the unit.
It started with addition by subtraction, as Mckenzie decided to release big contributors like Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson, and as such, 2012 may not yield immediate results. The passing defense looks vulnerable in particular, with new cornerbacks Ron Bartell (coming off a serious injury) and Shawntae Spencer.
There's talent on this unit, but it's going to need time to come together, which could make 2012 a tough year for the Raider defense. As such, here are five players who are going to take advantage of this and put up big games against Oakland.