Why the Raiders Defense will be Top Ten

Bret ArmstrongAnalyst IMay 29, 2009

Why the Raiders Defense will be Top Ten

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 01:  Reuben Droughns #34 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by Kirk Morrison #52 of the Oakland Raiders October 1, 2006 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Starting at right defensive end

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 23: Derrick Burgess #56 of the Oakland Raiders gets ready to move at the snap during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at McAfee Coliseum on December 23, 2006 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Starting at right defensive tackle

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 02:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons fumbles the ball as Gerard Warren #61 of the Oakland Raiders defends during an NFL game on November 2, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacob

Starting at left defensive tackle

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    OAKLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Tommy Kelly #93 of the Oakland Raiders gets into position before the snap during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 19, 2004 at Network Associates Colesium in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Ima

Starting at left defensive end

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 8:  Jay Richardson #98 of the Oakland Raiders lines up in position during the NFL game against the Denver Broncos on September 8, 2008 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 41-14. (Photo by Jed

Starting at weak side linebacker

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 16:  Thomas Howard #53 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates his interception for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos as the Broncos defeated the Raiders 23-20 in overtime during week two NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on Septe

Starting at middle linebacker

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 2:  Linebacker Kirk Morrison #52 of the Oakland Raiders interacts with the fans during the game against the Atlanta Falcons on November 2, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Falcons defeated the

Starting strong side linebacker

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    ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Slade Norris #58 of the Oakland Raiders runs drills during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Starting at Cornerback

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots runs against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game on December 14, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/

Starting at Free Safety

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders returns a kick during the game against the New York Jets on October 19, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Starting at Strong Safety

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    ATHENS, OH - SEPTEMBER 9:  Cornerback Dion Byrum #15 of the Ohio Bobcats celebrates his interception for a touchdown with defensive back Michael Mitchell #34 to tie the score at 7-7 against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first quarter at Peden Stadium

Starting at cornerback

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 14: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots catches a pass as Chris Johnson #37 of the Oakland Raiders defends during an NFL game on December 14, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed