Heading into this offseason, addressing a non-existent pass rush was one of the top priorities for the Raiders in rebuilding their roster.
Adding veteran talents like Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Smith, as well as re-signing Pat Sims, has gone a long way toward doing just that, but the position should continue to be an area of focus.
Further depth can be added in free agency with the remaining salary-cap space the Raiders have, and available defensive ends could fill rotational roles nicely, including the likes of Anthony Spencer, O’Brien Schofield and Will Smith.
In the draft, should either Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack fall to the Raiders at fifth overall, their talent and potential impact up front would be hard to pass up. If not, like with the receivers, solid talent will be available in the middle rounds as well.
Either way, if the Raiders can add another pass-rusher to the rotation in free agency, as well as one early on in the draft, they should come away from this offseason quite satisfied with their work in addressing what was arguably the most problematic area of the roster last year.