NEEDS RATING KEY
5.0 - High priority. This is a position that is a glaring weakness and there is the likelihood that this team cannot compete next year without making a major addition here.
4.0 - Medium Priority. This is an area that is an obvious weakness, but the team isn't quite desperate to make a major move here possibly because they have some young potential. But this is an area that if the team cannot fix via free agency, will definitely use one of their picks in the first three or four rounds to supplement.
3.0 - Upgrade Potential. This is a position that isn't a weakness per se, but there is significant room for an upgrade. If the right player comes along they will certainly snag him, but if they don't fix this position with a major free agent addition or early round pick, then it's not the end of the world.
2.0 - Depth Need. An area where there is a need to add depth. Perhaps there is an aging veteran and they might want to start to look at grooming his heir apparent or replacement. Not likely to be a high priority and a position that more than likely will be address in the middle and late rounds rather than with a top pick.
1.0 - Future Need. This is an area that is not a priority, and doesn't initially appear as a need. But there is some room to develop some depth for perhaps two or more years down the line. This is usually an area that a team will look at in the late rounds if at all.
0.0 - Non-need. This is a position that is a strength of their team, they have a solid starter, capable depth, and/or a young player at the position that they like and want to develop. Very little possibility this area is addressed and would be the equivalent of a wasted draft pick.
Top 7 Needs
1. CB - 4.0
2. OC - 3.0
3. OT - 2.5
4. QB - 2.0
5. OG - 2.0
6. WR - 2.0
7. DT - 2.0
Position by Position Breakdown
Quarterback - With the expectation that Hue Jackson will eventually be named the head coach, probably means that Jason Campbell's job is relatively safe for at least one more year. The question will be what they do behind him. Gradkowski, Frye, and Boller are all free agents, and while the team could bring back any one of them, they might be looking for better options in the draft. Al Davis is attracted to big-armed passers, but historically has been reluctant to use picks on quarterbacks. They could use a mid-round pick here or they could target a veteran free agent. NEED: 2.0
Running Back - McFadden looked more like the player they envisioned when they drafted him with their top pick 3 years ago, and Bush is probably one of the top No. 2 backs in the league. If they can get Bush locked up long-term they should be fine here. Otherwise, they could look for some late round options in the draft. NEED: 1.0
Fullback - Reece is an athletic option that is the style of player that Al Davis likes. He could be in a position to get an extension. NEED: 0.5
Wide Receiver - The improvement for Heyward-Bey and the emergence of Jacoby Ford means that their concerns here aren't that pressing. They still lack a true No. 1 target, but given their recent history of missing on receivers (Moss, Javon Walker, Heyward-Bey, etc.) they shouldn't be too eager to add another one. But you know Davis, if a speedy option is available in the middle of the draft, they won't pass on him. NEED: 2.0
Tight End - Miller is a free agent, but he should get an extension as their most reliable receiving option. Myers is a mediocre backup, so they could get better here but it won't be a high priority. NEED: 1.0
Offensive Tackle - Veldheer replaced Henderson at left tackle, and while he wasn't an improvement, they like him more. Henderson is a free agent, but showed some promise as a right tackle at the end of the season. They could bring him back in that role. Langston Walker and Khalif Barnes are free agents as well, but at best should be swing tackles as reserves, not starters. They could use more depth here, but if they keep Henderson, it won't be a high priority. NEED: 2.5
Offensive Guard - Gallery is their best blocker up front, but a free agent and losing him would open up a hole here. Carlisle is mediocre at best on the other side, and they expect Campbell to push him next year. They could add some more depth in the middle or late rounds of the draft even if they keep Gallery. NEED: 2.0
Center - Satele is a mediocre starter and a free agent. They could let him walk, but they don't have a better alternative on the roster. This is a position they should want to upgrade this off-season with a more physical presence. NEED: 3.0
Defensive Tackle - Seymour is a free agent and they want him back, but unless they can tag him that is a low possibility even though the Raiders will probably be willing to throw a boatload of money at him. Kelly is the other starter and he was productive as a pass rusher this year. John Henderson showed things in the second half of the year, but a free agent and could look for greener pastures elsewhere. Desmond Bryant and Lamarr Houston would be in the mix if they lost Seymour, but they would definitely look to the draft to bolster this position if that proved to be the case. NEED: 2.0
Defensive End - Unless they have to move Houston inside to tackle, this position actually is decent. Shaughnessy is a capable pass rusher and Scott is also a good option off the bench. They could improve the rotation here, but it's not going to be a high priority. NEED: 1.5
Linebacker - McClain had a good rookie year, and Wimbley was productive on the outside. He's a free agent, but a guy that Davis will probably overpay to bring back. The issue will be who will man the other outside spot. Brown, Howard, and Groves will be in the mix, but the former two will be free agents and remains to be seen how hard they will pursue them in the off-season. Brown is the more valuable of the two because he adds good depth and versatility. They probably won't make major moves here. If anything, it'll be to add another developmental option on the outside. NEED: 1.0
Cornerback - Asomugha is a free agent, and they can't tag him. He'll probably look for greener pastures, although Al Davis will probably be committed to making him one of the highest paid players in the league. But he could turn a deal down in order to play for a winner, and he won't be short of suitors. If that is the case, that leaves a void here. Stanford Routt played better this year, but neither he or Chris Johnson are ideal starters. Losing Asomugha will mean that finding a suitable replacement in the draft/free agency will be a top priority. NEED: 4.0
Safety - They were ready to give up on Michael Huff a few years back, but he played well this year. He'll be a free agent, and they'll make a move to re-sign him. Tyvon Branch is also a solid starter, and Mike Mitchell is coming along as a reserve. He'll likely step into the starting lineup if Huff isn't kept. There is very little concern here even if they lose Huff, since Stevie Brown adds depth. NEED: 1.0
Kicker - They love Janikowski, so no need here. NEED: 0.0
Punter - Lechler has a huge leg and still has several years left on the extension he got a year ago. NEED: 0.0
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