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With all that has been said about the late Al Davis’s drafting philosophy, when you breakdown the Raiders roster they are stacked deep with young talented players at almost every position. It will be interesting to see how and if the post Al Davis draft philosophy will be consistent with the type of drafting decisions of the Raiders of old, Biggest, Fastest, and Strongest.
Losing Jason Campbell is not an issue after the trade for Carson Palmer was made, its Palmers team and should be for the foreseeable future. See ya Campbell don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
Positions of Need
CB Stanford Routt is having his best year as a pro this season; DeMarcus Van Dyke is a developing rookie with speed to burn but still a long way to go. Chris Johnson is Free Agent in 2013 and this could potentially be a need in the future, although there is a lot of talent amongst this group of corners.
DE Second year pro Lamar Houston has played really well this year and is showing some of the promise the Raiders expected when they took him with an early second round pick in 2010. Jarvis Moss, a former first round pick out of Florida has been semi productive but I don’t see him as the DE of the future opposite of Houston.
DT Richard Seymour has been as good as advertised since coming over from New England a few years ago, but he is 32 years old and will be a free agent in 2013. Tommy Kelly the other starting DT is worthy of an upgrade, I would like to see some depth added to this position in case they lose Seymour to free agency.
G The Raiders made some tremendous picks of offensive lineman in back to back years by selecting Jared Veldheer in 2010 and Stefen Wisniewski in 2011 to shore up that left side of the line. RG Cooper Carlisle is 34 years old and is on the back end of his career. Bruce Campbell is the most likely replacement for Carlisle but is still trying to develop his technique as a RG, he has tremendous upside with that size and frame. It’s clear the Raiders have an eye for offensive lineman that fit their system. They can’t sit and wait around for Campbell to develop.