The Raiders Need One More Gift From Santa This Spring\Summer.

Carl CockerhamSenior Analyst IJune 14, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 23:  Kevin Mawae #68 of the Tennessee Titans walks on the field during the game against the New York Jets at LP Field on November 23, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Raider Nation has obviously been more nice than naughty lately.

Why would I say that?

Because he delivered gifts for Raider fans.

We all know of the woes the Raiders have had over the last few of years stopping the run. In the draft, Santa brought us Butckus Award winning middle linebacker Rolando McClain in the first round.

He didn't stop there. In the second round, he brought us Lamarr Houston. Houston created problems for the best offensive linemen in the Big 12 throughout his collegiate career.

Santa stashed another gift under a redwood tree a few days ago to help against the run. He delivered John "Smack Down" Henderson in free agency to cap it all off.

The Raider defensive back position is set. Chris Johnson should rebound after getting a full dose of what it's like to play opposite the games best corner.

That leaves us needing pass rushers to go along with young up and comer Trevor Scott. Santa then delivered Kameron Wimbley and Quenton Groves in free agency.

Of those two, only Wimbley has proven to be able to get to the quarterback. However, Groves is the DE\OLB Hybrid type that defensive coordinator John Marshall uses in his blitz packages that Al Davis seems to be allowing him to use.

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The Raiders can be very explosive on offense. Speedster Darrius Heyward-Bey caught the ball in minicamp. Chaz Shillens was in minicamp ahead of schedule and looks to be healthy. Louis Murphy returns as the wildcard at the position.

Tight end Zack Miller will be back as well. He was the most consistent weapon the Raiders had last year on offense.

The backfield looks promising. The Raiders hope that Darren McFadden can stay healthy to provide the lightning. Michael Bush is still there to provide the thunder.

Santa delivered the man to bring this all together in a draft day trade. Quarterback Jason Campbell was delivered and Jamarcus Russell was dumped in the million dollar trash.

The cast is now complete. The Raiders now have a legitimate quarterback to use all of these weapons.

Wait a minute.

Who's going to protect Campbell and pave the way for the Raider's thunder and lightening?

Santa has delivered again.

He actually started last season. Langston Walker was brought back to Oakland last year. He filled in nicely for the injured Gallery and now looks like he'll start at right tackle .

Jared Veldheer was delivered in the third round of the draft and will compete for the left tackle spot. Fourth round athletic freak Bruce Campbell will compete for the right guard position.

The man Veldheer will compete with is incumbent left tackle Marion Henderson. Henderson is an Al Davis project that has split reviews so far.

He did very well in 2008 but led the league in sacks given up in 2009. Henderson should rebound this year as he gets Robert Gallery back to his inside.

Gallery looks to be recovering nicely from back surgery. Khalif Barnes is now healthy and is looking for a spot to be plugged in or back up.The Raiders will have depth on the line this time around.

Oh, but I missed something.

The center position.

Samson Satele struggled last year with line calls and large nose tackles. This is where I dare to ask Santa for one more gift.

Kevin Mawae is that guy. The sixteen year vet is a modern day Jim Otto . He has missed very few games over the years and is known to be a bit of a nasty boy.

Mawae will make everyone on that line better. He is coming off of anchoring a line that paved the way to 2,000 yards rushing for Chris Johnson. He could surely give us one to two more years.

This is just like our childhood years. We sit on a stranger's lap the claims to be Santa. Our parents listened for what we wanted for Christmas as we tell this stranger.

On Christmas morning, we look under the tree and everything we want is there. We have grown up and know who delivers now. Al Davis is the father of Raider Nation.

I hope he hears us and delivers one more.

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