Raiders Defense Strikes Fear Into Opponents

Grant BartoloContributor ISeptember 9, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13:  Linebacker Kirk Morrison #52 of the Oakland Raiders looks on before the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Now, for the defense. I will bet they will be in the top 10 to 20, and in the top 10 in pass defense, and now, with Seymour, top 20 in the run defense. The front four will be Seymour at RDE, Gerard Warren, who, at times, is one of the best DT's in the NFL, at RDT. I like him alot. Tommy Kelly will be at LDT. Seymour will free Kelly up, thus allowing him to get to the quarterback, and cause havoc; plus, he'll show hes worth the money. he's a top 10 DT i'd say, but he's gettin double teamed all the time. at LDE will be Greg Ellis, who will get some sacks and will generate more pressure on the quarterback. It was a good pickup on Al's part; he's a better run stopper than Burgess was, and he's a leader who has been places. Trevor Scott is a great pass rusher on 3rd downs. Jay Richardson is a run stopping DE who can shift inside occasionally because of his size. Both give us good depth. Matt Shaughnessy is ok; i wish they could have gotten Michael Johnson out of Georgia Tech in round 3 last year. Anyways, our front four is top 10 in the NFL.

Our linebacker corps is fast and quick. Alston has bulked up, and he will be solid. Ricky Brown is ok, I guess; i just wish the Raiders would have gotten Derrick Brooks for a 1 year contract. Kirk Morrison will now be able to stuff runners at the line of scrimmage, and be a real leader at MLB. he's fast and he has good tackling skills. He's my favorite Raider, and a Pro Bowl caliber player. Same goes for Thomas Howard, who is one of the fastest linebackers in theNFL. He's solid, and a great linebacker. I like him a lot. Sam Williams is a veteran. We should have kept Morlon Greenwood and Napolean Harris.

Our corners have awful ball skills; they're fast, but have no football IQ. Nnamadi and Chris Johnson are the Raiders best corners. Nnamadi is the best in the NFL, and Johnson uses his lightning quick speed (4.18 40 yard dash) to make plays. He also has some football IQ, and he is way better than DeAngelo Hall. We need a 3rd corner (Ricky Manning Jr). Our safeties are young and talented. Mike Mitchell will be good one day, Tyvon Branch is a hard hitter, like Mitchell, has speed like Mitchell, and they both have instincts and tackling skills. Michael Huff is gonna bounce back this season, and Hiram Eugene is a leader, like Chris Johnson. Our special teams is one of thee best in the league. Our defense will be top 20 for sure.