FB Justin Griffith (Atlanta)
RB Dominic Rhodes (Indianapolis)
WR Mike Williams (Detroit)
TE Tony Stewart (Cincinnati)
C Jeremy Newberry (San Francisco)
G Cooper Carlisle (Denver)
G Cornell Green (Tampa Bay)
DE Fred Wakefield (Arizona)
QB Marques Tuiasosopo (Jets)
QB Aaron Brooks (released)
WR Randy Moss (Patriots)
T Langston Walker (Buffalo)
1 (1) JaMarcus Russell, qb, LSU
2 (38) Zach Miller, te, Arizona St.
3 (65) Quentin Moses, de, Georgia
3 (91) Mario Henderson, ot, Florida St.
3 (99) Johnnie Lee Higgins, wr, UTEP
4 (100) Michael Bush, rb, Louisville
4 (110) John Bowie, db, Cincinnati
5 (138) Jay Richardson, de, Ohio St.
5 (165) Eric Frampton, db, Washington St.
6 (175) Oren O'Neal, rb, Arkansas St.
7 (254) Jontahan Holland, wr, Louisiana Tech
You kind of have to hand it to the Raiders
. After a 2006 season where they had one of the worst offenses in recent memory (or just memory, period) the Raiders went absolutely shithouse with their overhaul.
They added young offensive mind Lane Kiffin as the head coach, and well-respected Greg Knapp as his offensive coordinator. Two steps up, offensively, over the rusty combination of Art Shell and coordinator Tom Walsh, the duo that gave us an offense that averaged an unimaginably awful 4.36 yards per pass attempt
last season (nine teams averaged more per rush
At QB, Oakland added a No. 1 overall draft pick (JaMarcus Russell
) and a former rising star (Josh McCown). At RB, they added a Super Bowl hero (Dominic Rhodes), a college kid who was a Heisman favorite before injury (Michael Bush) and a bruising fullback (Justin Griffith).
In the receiving corps, they got a first-round reclamation project (Mike Williams) and two first-day rookies (Zach Miller, TE, and WR Johnnie Lee Higgins). They lose Randy Moss, but re-acquire Jerry Porter from Shell's throwback doghouse.
Whew! That's a lot of bodies. So, will the Raiders have a good offense in 2007?
But it's hard to imagine that they could have done more to overhaul the worst team in football than they did – and even if some of the moves (Rhodes and Williams, in particular) look like busts, there is at least reason for hope.
And the defense, which was playoff caliber a year ago (7th in defensive passer rating
), returns in spotless condition, along with quality coordinator Rob Ryan.
The Raiders made a giant leap back toward respectability this offseason, and if Russell plays to his lofty draft status, they might just win before too long.
Fillability grade: B-plus