For the Oakland Raiders, the 2012 NFL season was a rough step backwards from the previous two seasons and largely a disappointment to players, fans and team management. The reality though was, with the volume of talent lost and the injuries suffered, it was probably something that should have been expected.
No one wanted to go 4-12, but it allowed general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis a chance to get a hard look at the roster as it begins to turn over and assess who will stay, who will go and most of all, what the Raiders need to do to improve going forward.
There is no quick fix for this team. There are more holes than a pack of sponges and still not a ton of cap space to play with. But unlike last year, there is expected to be slightly more flexibility. That said, the Raiders are not going to be top-tier free agent players. It is just not in the cards in the immediate future. There are players though that can be had.
In addition, the team is in position to have a much more complete draft with picks in every round except the second. While I honestly think this team is at best two years away, the right signings can possibly move that process up with a bit of luck. Here are the 10 players I think the Raiders should target for the 2013 season.