For the Oakland Raiders to be a playoff team in 2012, they need a few key players to have impressive seasons. There are several players that need to impress to have a job on the Raiders in 2013 and beyond and several others that need to impress just to stay in the NFL.
It's easier said than done as some of these players will have to overcome their own weaknesses and others will have to rely on the coaching staff putting them in the right position to be successful.
There are a few notable players that are not on this list. Richard Seymour and Michael Huff are two examples that were left off because their contracts make it very unlikely they will be with the Raiders past 2012. Others were left off because an impressive season wouldn't do enough to make a difference for the Raiders or for their outlook beyond 2012.