This year heading into the offseason the Raiders have a lot of work to do.
They also have alot of questions and uncertainties.
The Raiders ended the year with the o-line in shambles.
They have four line-backers, all of who started last year at one point, entering free agency.
And the FB postion is foggy: Oren O'Neal may be the answer, but he may also be deemed too injury prone. Luke Lawton and Gary Russell are serviceable but not ideal lead blockers. And Marcel Reece's playmaking ability may or may not translate to the position.
With the addition of Al Davis and his lust for speed, there's no telling what the draft will bring.
Here's how I see the Raiders' draft un-folding.
Al Davis would love to land Bruce Campbell here, as he is easily the most athletic OT, running a 4.9 40.
Unfortunately. he will not be there when the Raiders select, so they will have to settle for the next best thing: Anthony Davis.
Al Davis and the Raiders are still fully invested in JaMarcus Russell. And if they want to see any success from him, or any QB for that matter, then the o-line has to be top priority.
For his size, he moves very well and has great quickness, which he attributes to playing basketball. Yet he is also considered a Mauler in the run game.
As a likely starter opposite Mario Henderson, he would help bring respectability back to the Raiders' o-line, which has suffered starting players like Kwame Harris and Cornel Green at OT.
Too much of a reach, you say?
Well, so were Darius Heyward-Bey and Mike Mitchell.
Pat Angerer fits the Raiders' stereotypical Raider line-backer to a T. He is among the best in pass coverage and has the wheels to fly side-line to side line. With speed in the 4.5 range, he would be great in man coverage covering the leagues running backs.
Plus, the guy is a tackling machine.
In 2009 he ranked fourth in tackles per game with 11.2. He Ranks 25th in career tackles, and he is considered a vocal leader on the field.
He could be an immediate impact player at any of the Raiders' line-backer positions.
He may even be a suitable replacement for Kirk Morrison.
This guy's too small to be in the NFL?
Tell that to Darren Sproles.
This guy is not only small, but ridiculously fast, reportedly running a 4.126 40.
With speed like that, this guy is in a league of his own. The NFL's current fastest player (Chris Johnson of the Titans) ran a 4.24.
If there is any truth to the notion that Al Davis just drafts the fastest player available, I wouldn't be surprised if he took this guy in the first.
He not only could be a deep-threat wide receiver, but he could also resurrect the Raiders' return game.
And in case you didn't notice, he's also a track star, which is exactly why he'll be a Raider.
Spievey is an intelligent, physical corner who plays bigger than his weight would suggest, jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage.
He is also a sure tackler and comes from a man-oriented defense.
And he is great at what he does, completely shutting down the guy lined up across the line of scrimmage from him.
By many he is considered as the closest thing to a shut down corner in this year's draft.
Though it is doubtful he can shut down the NFL's top receivers like he did in college, he would make a great nickel corner and may even displace Chris Johnson as the starter.
At 6'1" 245, he is one of the most athletic run stuffing line-backers in the draft.
As a very instinctive aggressive and physical line-backer, he often makes his plays on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage.
Though he played inside-linebacker in college, like Angerer, he can be an impact player at any of the Raiders line-backer positions.
Though he hasn't been praised as a top defender in the pass game, he does have the speed and athletic ability to be effective in man coverage.
As the Razorbacks' starting left guard, he was the most athletic linemen on the field, playing at 288. And prior to being the teams guard, he saw action at FB and was a key contributor on special teams.
He also reported has been clocked running a sub 5.0 40.
In the Senior Bowl, though, his performance was labeled as unspectacular, but he did nothing to hurt his stock and was able to bulk up to 305.
He also has minor off field issues, including one year of academic ineligibility.
But regardless, he has been an effective part of a great offense in Arkansas. His 54 knockdown blocks was third in the SEC.
Though he may or may not be an immediate contributor on offense, he does add great depth and fits into the Zone Blocking Schem the Raiders run.
And who knows, he may even be able to contribute as a lead blocking FB.
An intelligent offensive linemen and a two time Academic All Big-12 team selection. Also named UT's most consistant player by the associated press.
Given time on the practice sqaud, he may develop into a great linemen.
Robinson at times was a dominant run stuffer. Yet at other times he was a non-factor in games.
By no means can he be considered an instant contributor or a fix to the Raiders' NT position.
But over time he can develope on the practice sqaud and behind whoever starts at the position.