The Oakland Raiders have started the season off poorly and have a 1-3 record to show for it after picking up their first victory of the season at home against the Cleveland Browns in Week 4.
Now, it is not quite time to panic and buy into the notion that head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie need to completely blow up the roster. However it is time to look at some areas for improvement that they can target both throughout the remainder of this season, as well as during the offseason.
The Raiders offense sputtered against the Rams in Week 1, but bounced back for a solid performance in Week 2 against the Broncos before losing in heartbreaking fashion. The defense wasn’t impressive in either game, leaving a lot to be desired. Although there are some promising youngsters that could turn into star players.
Regardless of how the first four weeks went, the Raiders need to keep their focus on the future. Gruden is locked up for 10 years, he isn’t going anywhere. Raiders owner Mark Davis gave Gruden the keys and now can only wait and see what he does with them. Trading EDGE Khalil Mack was a rather bullish way to start, but he has a chance to bolster his roster with the two first-round NFL Draft picks he received from the Chicago Bears.
Hitting on players in the draft is as much luck as it is skill. There will always be busts, like former Raiders draft pick, quarterback JaMarcus Russell. But there will also always be superstar picks that change the course of the franchise. Finding those types of players is obviously easier said than done. Good news is the Raiders have four first-round picks in the next two drafts.
With that in mind, let’s look at the three positions in need of the most help on the Raiders roster.
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