Pre-Draft Team Needs: Oakland Raiders

The Raiders made the surprise move of acquiring OLB Kamerion Wimbley from the Cleveland Browns. Will they make a few more surprising moves during the draft?

Players Added

Kyle Boller/QB - He'll provide depth at quarterback while Bruce Gradkowski recovers from his injury.

Yamon Figurs/WR - He fits in as a kickoff returner.

Kamerion Wimbley/LB - He was a surprise addition to their roster. Wimbley will start off at SLB, but may also see time at DE in passing situations.

Players Lost

J.P. Losman/QB - He was only with Oakland for a short time last season.

Gary Russell/RB - Russell did a nice job of filling in at fullback last season.

Justin Fargas/RB - The word on the street is he's looking for more than the veteran minimum.

Javon Walker/WR - He hasn't been a factor since 2006, but that didn't stop the Raiders from overpaying him for two non-productive seasons.

Cornell Green/OL - He found what looks to be a starting job at RT with the Buffalo Bills.

John Wade/C - The veteran interior lineman is still capable of providing a backup role at this point in his career.

Gerard Warren/DT - The team declined to pay his option, so he was released. The problem is the team has no viable replacement.

Greg Ellis/DE - The veteran defender probably can still handle 20-30 plays/game as a situational pass rusher.

Jon Alston/LB - He'll likely see most of his playing time this season on special teams with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Pre-Draft Team Needs

Defensive Tackle - Desmond Bryant, who was signed last year as an undrafted free agent, is currently starting. Warren's release really opened a huge hole inside their front-four.

Left Tackle - Mario Henderson, the projected starter, is seen as average.

Right Tackle - They need an upgrade at this position.

Defensive End - With Wimbley slated to at least start out at linebacker, the team still has a fairly significant need at end.

Quarterback - This team needs to get their quarterback situation settled sooner rather than later. They need to get another developmental signal caller into the fold.

Other Issues to Address

Running Back Depth

Guard Depth

Cornerback Depth

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