In 2010-2011, the Raiders finished the season with an 8-8 record which had them just one win away from the playoffs. With a 4-12 record in 2012, though, it was a disappointing season for Oakland, to say the least. Coach Dennis Allen would agree, saying “Obviously things didn’t work out exactly the way that we wanted them to this season.”
Oakland has decided to keep coach Allen around for 2013 despite the losing record, and is on the lookout for assistant coaches to implement an offensive system that suits their roster. On the bright side, Oakland has some young talent and has secured the third position in the draft.
According to NFL.com, rookie wide receiver Rod Streeter had the most productive season for a non-drafted rookie in recent NFL history. Streater’s 39 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns ranks as one of the best rookie wide receivers in the NFL this year.
Fourth-year tight end Brandon Myers was also a standout player for Oakland this year, receiving 806 yards on 79 catches. Additionally, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, OL Tony Bergstrom, and DB Brandian Ross made the first starts of their career in the last game of the season against the Chargers, which could benefit them in the future. While they still has work to do if they want to make the playoffs, their young players are beginning to step-up.
The Raiders have a lot to consider before entering the NFL Draft in June. They are currently struggling on defense, ranking nearly last in sacks in 2012. This is due to a lack of speed rushers from their defensive line and linebackers. Plus, the Raiders don’t have a quarterback who can lead them to the playoffs.
With this in mind, look for Oakland to draft an outside linebacker like Georgia’s Javaris Jones in the first round, or a defensive- end like Georgia State’s Bjoern Werner. If they choose to draft a defensive back in the first round, they will likely be looking at Alabama’s Dee Milliner. The 6’1″, 200 pound lockdown corner gives the Raiders an immediate impact assest.
In short, the Raiders’ organization must do their research to fill the positions they need to be successful in 2013.