Oakland Raiders' Offseason Power Rankings
Here are the power rankings of all the players on the Raiders:
1. CB Nnamdi Asomugha
The fantastic corner from Cal was great last season, and has been considered one of the league's best corners for years now. He had many minor injuries last season, which was a concern.
But when he's on the field, a wide receiver never comes back from Planet Asomugha.
2. TE Zach Miller
Miller is a terrific tight end who has suffered from: poor quarterback play and being the only legitimate down-field weapon. I think he'll continue to improve, and may already be as good as Antonio Gates.
3. DE Richard Seymour
Reports have surfaced that Seymour and the team are on the verge of signing a long-term deal. Seymour is still a very solid end. His sack total wasn't high, but I realize he occupied lot of double teams.
4. QB Jason Campbell
Campbell was acquired on Day Three of the draft. It's an excellent acquisition. He fits the Raiders' passing game well.
The receiver he'll improve the most is probably Zach Miller. With below-average receiving in Washington, Campbell could always get it to his tight ends, Chris Cooley and Fred Davis.
5. LG Robert Gallery
Gallery had a rough season in 2009. In the offseason of 2009, he had an emergency appendectomy. And then he had back surgery to end his season midway through the year.
But when he's healthy, Gallery is one of the league's better guards.
6. RB Michael Bush
Bush was very good in 2009 when Cable gave him carries. Bush averaged 4.5 YPC even with the average fullback and porous offensive line play.
McFadden will probably start, but Bush figures to get many carries this season.
7. WR Chaz Schilens
Schilens' foot injury in training camp last season was nothing short of devastating. He ended up being out till Week 10, when JaMarcus lost his job (thankfully) as the starter.
But there was no doubt that Schilens and Russell connected. If Schilens can get healthy for a whole season (he is still dealing with foot issues), the Raiders have a legitimate No. 1 receiver.
8. MLB Rolando McClain
McClain was the eighth pick in this year's draft. The inside linebacker from Alabama has fantastic instincts, and doesn't have bad physical attributes. He's phenomenal against the run, and is solid against the pass.
His best skill is his leadership. McClain is a true professional, and will be a Pro-Bowler in no time.
9. QB Bruce Gradkowski
Gradkowski played fantastic in relief of JaBust Russell. What he doesn't have with physical attributes, he makes up for it with his explosive attitude and great leadership.
If he hadn't gotten injured towards the end of last season, I have a feeling that the Raiders would have won seven games. He'll be a good backup to Campbell.
10. WLB Trevor Scott
Scott can really rush the passer on certain third-down situations. He's not big enough to be a full time defensive end, but I believe that is the perfect role for him.
The Raiders will probably put Howard in on obvious passing downs at weak-side linebacker, because Scott's ability to defend the pass is a weakness.
11. WR Louis Murphy
12. DT Tommy Kelly
13. SLB Kamerion Wimbley
14. CB Chris Johnson
15. S Tyvon Branch
16. RB Darren McFadden
I wrote an article about McFadden that can be found here .
17. LT Mario Henderson
18. DT/DE Lamarr Houston
19. P Shane Lechler
Part of the reasoning putting Lechler here is that punter isn't the most important position on the football field. He does a great job of it, but it never seemed to matter the past seven years. Same with Seabass.
20. K Sebastian Janikowski
21. DE Matt Schaugnessy
22. C Samson Satele
23. RT Khalif Barnes
24. LB Thomas Howard
25. RG Cooper Carslisle
26. LT Jared Veldheer
27. RG Bruce Campbell
28. QB JaMarcus Russell
I know what you're asking. Why isn't he lower on the list? While being as awful as he is, Russell still has some talent. By no means will he ever be a good quarterback, but there are worse players on the Raiders.
29. FS Hiram Eugene
30. FS Michael Huff
31. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
32. R/WR Jacoby FordK
33. S Mike Mitchell
34. DE Quinton Groves
35. LB Ricky Brown
Brown was actually a starter last season, but he is possibly the most injury-prone player in the NFL. It's not as if he's extraordinary either. He's a good backup when healthy.
36. C Chris Morris
37. FB/RB Marcel Reeese
38. P R/WR Johnnie Lee-Higgins
39. KR/RB Rock Cartwright
Cartwright is a solid special-teamer who can also contribute with a couple carries here and there.
40. TE Brandon Myers
41. Special Teamer Isaiah Ekijiuba
42. LS Jon Condo
43. QB Charlie Frye
44. QB Kyle Boller
45. S Mike Mitchell
46. CB Stanford Routt
I can't stand this guy. I put him in the list just to say that I think he is a worthless player to us, but very valuable to the teams the Raiders are playing.
47. DT Desmond Bryant
48. DE Jay Richardson
49. CB Walter McFadden
50. KR/WR Nick Miller
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