Oakland Raiders: Three Concerns Still Plaguing the Team
During draft weekend the Raiders were undoubtedly able to improve their team on both sides of the ball.
They drafted two offensive tackles, a defensive linemen, a linebacker and were able to add a veteran QB to the roster. All obvious needs.
But unfortunately they weren't able to address all of their problems and still have a few glaring weaknesses.
Here is a look at some positions the Raiders should still be concerned about.
The Offensive Line: Primarily the Guard Position
Despite drafting two offensive tackles the Raiders' O-line still has some major concerns.
Last year Samson Satele, Chris Morris and Cooper Carlisle were constantly overpowered by bigger defenders. Thus far the Raiders have done little to address the interior of the offensive line.
On a side note Bruce Campbell is expected to be tried out at right guard as well as right tackle.
To make matter worse Robert Gallery recently underwent a serious back surgery. According to reports, he recent ly had surgery to fuse vertebra, widen the spinal canal and remove calcium deposits. Fortunately he is expected to be good to go by training camp this summer.
The Interior D-Line and Run Defense
For years one of the Raiders biggest weaknesses has been right in the middle of the defense. The Raiders have lacked a big run-stuffing DT on the d-line for years, and it would seem that is still the case.
In the draft many expected Lamarr Houston to fill this role, but according to Tom Cable he will be playing left defensive end.
Tom Cable also said that there is a plan in place regarding the DT position... apparently something that we will like.
The Raiders have a stable full of young fleet footed receivers. But the problem is these young receivers are also inexperienced and raw.
Last year they dropped countless passes including at least six passes that ended up in the hands of defenders.
Fortunately these guys are a year more experienced then they were last year, hopefully with age comes better hands and maturity.