In a season marred by injuries and losses—lots of them—it can sometimes be tough to see the forest through the trees. In Oakland, however, there is some reason for optimism thanks to some younger players with the potential to become real difference makers.
For all the flack that Al Davis received for messing up drafts—some of which was deserved—Davis also found some real gems throughout later rounds that have become pieces worth building around.
Unfortunately, it's safe to say none of these guys are centerpieces. However, if Oakland can land an elite player somewhere in the draft or through free agency, they might have the supporting cast necessary to contend in the near future.