Raji's play during the beginning stretch of last season left much to be desired and begged the question of whether he was actually an elite player. Over the second half, he answered those questions with emphatic, dominating performances.
While stats tell very little about Raji's impact, he had nine tackles over his first seven games. In his final seven, Raji had 17 tackles. He got much more push up front and allowed the rest of the Packers' front seven to get to the quarterback.
The Packers best run-stopper seemed to show a small dip in his game because of his age. He was mostly productive, but disappeared at times. The 33-year-old defensive tackle still has enough left in the tank to play a significant role in 2013, but the Packers need to start getting a replacement in line.
Pickett's talent on the defensive line, along with Raji, give the Packers two-thirds of the solution. They need to find a player that can consistently get push alongside the two staples.
One of the bolder predictions, it's time that Mike Neal finally puts it together and becomes a consistent starter for the Packers. Neal has a great skill set, but needs to stay active for the entirety of ballgames. Injuries are also an issue for Neal, but he's capable of becoming a strong player and producing at the level the Packers have missed.