Once a model of excellence, the Oakland Raiders turned into the laughing stock of the NFL after losing Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since 2003, the Raiders have gone 49-111, and have lost at least 11 games in eight of the past 10 seasons.
Oakland's offseason to date hasn't been inspiring, but at the least, the Raiders rid themselves of Carson Palmer, and acquired Matt Flynn from the Seahawks. The Raiders still have plenty of holes to fill and, as a cash-strapped team, Oakland's front office will need to utilize the draft to rebuild its roster's core.
Top three needs
Defensive tackle - Oakland released Tommy Kelly earlier this offseason, who never lived up to expectations after signing a seven-year, $50.5 million contract in 2008. The Raiders desperately need a strong presence on the defensive line.
Cornerback - The Raiders signed veterans Michael Jenkins and Tracy Porter this offseason, but neither figures to be more than a short-term fix at the position. Opposing quarterbacks threw for over 235 yards-per-game against the Raiders last season -- and with Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers in the division, the Raiders need to improve in the secondary.
Tight end - The Giants signed Brandon Myers away from Oakland in free agency, leaving the Raiders with a major void at the tight end position. Oakland presently has David Ausberry, Richard Gordon and Mickey Shuler as tight ends on its roster.
Ideal pick: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida