NFL Off-Season Two-A-Days: The Oakland Raiders

Ryan FryeSenior Analyst IFebruary 26, 2011

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 18:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference on January 18, 2011 in Alameda, California. Hue Jackson was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing the fired Tom Cable.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

This idea originated from ESPN's Mike & Mike. Here is my off-season preview for the Oakland Raiders:

5. Will new head coach Hue Jackson look to Jason Campbell or get a new QB?

I've always supported Jason Campbell, but I'm starting to worry. He never gets the full support of his head coach, even after coming to Oakland before last season. Maybe Hue Jackson will like him.

This question is pretty much a toss up. I could see things going either way. I'm going to say he'll get a chance to compete for the starting job against Bruce Gradkowski.

However, If Gradkowski leaves via free agency, Campbell may not have to compete for the job.

4. Is RB Darren McFadden on the verge of getting a rushing title?

No, that's a bit extreme. I do, however, feel like McFadden has really improved since coming out of Arkansas.

He had over 1,000 yards and that was without much of a passing game. If the Raiders find a bit more balance on offense, they could be a dangerous team.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

3. Were the Raiders really the best team in the AFC West?

Did they win the division?

No. Oakland swept the division, but only won two other games.

This is a dumb question, although they do have shot as long as Norv Turner is the Chargers' coach. 

2. What is the Raiders' number one priority in the NFL Draft and/or free agency?

Well, they don't have a first round pick, so they may be forced to make a splash in free agency.

As pointed out by angry members of the "Raider Nation," the Raiders need some offensive line help. A tackle in the first round is a posibility. Do the Raiders have a nation, I have no clue, I just thought it sounded good. If you want to bash me for that, go ahead.

They still need more depth along the defensive line. A bigger rotation could result in more rested players, which is always a positive.

Replacing Nnamdi Asomugha will be key as well. I'm not sure how you replace a guy like him, but they'll have to figure something out.

I don't believe it will happen, but a new quarterback is also a possibility.

1. Stock: Rising or Falling?

This team has a lot of talent. The problem is Al Davis.

Don't mistake me for saying Davis isn't a pioneer for the sport of football. I just think the game has passed him by.

Davis has proven he can't get along with coaches and doesn't know the first thing about today's NFL. His mad bomber style just doesn't work, yet if the coaches don't do things his way, they're gone.

I'll say stock up, but it's difficult to see the Raiders going too far under Al Davis.

Ryan is 15 and a volunteer scout for the Atlanta Falcons.