The Oakland Raiders are one of the proudest franchises in league history with one of the most loyal and best fan bases in professional sports.
I've gone around and though of the stuff I would do if I was i charge of the Raiders to bring them back on the right track. So with all due respect to Mr. Davis, I'll be playing some GM this off-season.
Now, I'll ask y'all to be nice to me in regards to this piece as I am a young Raider fan (nineteen years old) and have felt like a Raider my whole life although I've been following them day and night since '06. Also, please excuse the language as I am from Denmark and typo's might occur.
This slideshow will include free agent signings, a mock draft and the occational player getting cut.
So assuming the Raiders actually had a GM, I invite you to do the same thing I did and give the rest of the Raider Nation your take on things.
Well this first item will be pretty short, 'cause as of 03/11 Al Davis has already made som good cuts, eventhough I'm not crazy about Greg Ellis leaving us just yet.
As pretty much every Raider know by now, we cut som deadweight, in form of Javon Walker, one of the biggest Free Agency busts of all time seeing as he averaged nearly a million dollars per catch in his two years here.
The penalty prone RT, Cornell Green is long gone, and oh boy, not a minute too soon.
The veteran defensive end Greg Ellis was also cut although he had a solid season with 7 sacks (on 34-year old busted up knees).
Justin Fargas. A true Raider who I loved to see running because he was relentless. Sad that he had to go, but it's a crowded backfield in Oakland and if we're ever going to utilize Bush and McFadden's talents, they need more carries and know that they don't have to worry about a third guy starting.
Next up? Gerard Warren is way to overpaid for the level of his play. He was drafted highly at the beginning of his career, but never made the most of his potential.
Cooper Carlisle should also be gone seeing as he seems to be over the hill. His experience in the Zone Blocking Scheme is valuable, but not enough to warrant his contract.
This time is odd for this organisation. Mr. Davis is very quiet. With an uncapped year I feared we would haul in Julius Peppers and Karlos Dansby on record-breaking contracts, but we didn't, which I think is good. With the market now settled down we can focus on our own guys first and then identify our needs.
Kirk Morrison was tendered with an "Original round" tender. Which is the most insane thing I've heard since the announcement that the Eagles voted Michael Vick as their Ed Block Courage Award candidate. He should be re-signed ASAP to play at his more natural position that fits his skillset the best, the SAM LB position.
Thomas Howard probably isn't going anywhere with his tender, so he's fine and should be at the WILL LB position.
Keith Bulluck should be signed and plugged in as our MIKE LB. Our run defense would be stronger and Bulluck could mentor the younger LB's.
With the Bengals signing Antonio Bryant, Derrick Mason likely to go back or retire, the Bengals keeping Tank Johnson from hitting the open market, Bulluck is pretty much the only guy on my wishlist right now.
Here is my take on the draft, which will never happen, because I'm not that lucky but nevertheless, here it goes!
Round 1, pick 8: Bruce Campbell, OT - Maryland
With this high pick I was in doubt. The choice was between Anthony Davis or Campbell. Ultimately I picked Campbell because of his talent and potential/upside. He has the prototypical build of an NFL Left Tackle, standing 6'6, weighing in at 314 lbs. He is a guy that could be one of the best tackles in the league in a few years, so with him drafted we could move Henderson to RT and plug this guy in from day one.
Round 2, pick 7: Cam Thomas, DT - North Carolina
This mammoth could get on the inside of our line and rule it for years to come. He's a great prospect who performed great at the Senior Bowl.
Round 3, pick 5: Brandon Spikes/Micah Johnson, ILB - Florida/Kentucky
If Brandon Spikes is there, the pick should be him. If not then Micah Johnson is someone I see being a force in the middle of any defense in the future, and as draft day approaches, I think his name will shoot up some boards.
Round 3, pick 21: Javier Arenas, CB - Alabama
This guy is a crazy return man, on kicks and punts. Something that the Raiders lost when Johnnie Lee Higgins lost the "it"-factor. This guy could revive the returngame, and he is a interesting prospect at corner and could probably beat Al Davis' guy on a normal roster as the Nickel corner.
Round 4, pick 8: Greg Hardy, DE - Ole' Miss.
This guy is very talented. But alot of injuries in college set him back and showing up overweight at the East-West Shrine game should let him fall into our laps. When healthy, this guy could be a very good pass rushing end.
Round 5, pick 7: Brandon Carter, G - Texas Tech
How could we possibly not draft this guy? He IS a Raider.. Red Raider in college, Silver & Black Raider in the pros. He fills a major need at RG where he could be plugged in from day one and hold that spot for a decade.
Round 5, pick 27: Eric Olsen, C - Notre Dame
If the Raiders have a little bit o' luck in the draft, Eric Olsen will slip right into their hands. He played in a Pro style offense at ND and should have no problem starting or standing behind Satele next year, if he doesn't beat him in camp.
Round 7, pick 8: John Connor, FB - Kentucky
Standing 5'11 and weighing 246 lbs., this guy is a crushing run blocker. He fills a need at fullback, seeing as Oren O'Neil might not return to form after the devastating injuries and Luke Lawton is out for four games next year due to suspensions.
This is my first article/slideshow here on Bleacherreport, which I found recently and update every five minutes now. I'm a regular contributor at a danish NFL site - but this is the first time writing a piece for another site.
Have a great day guys and girls. (I Bleed Silver & Black before I bleed Red and White).