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Poll Position: Do Raiders have a need at defensive end?

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Now let's look at defensive end, a position which has gone almost completely neglected over the past three seasons under the new regime. They haven't drafted one higher than the 5th round (Jack Crawford) and all three were cut.

They haven't done too well in Free agency either. Here is how the roster currently stands:

Justin Tuck

He wasn't the savior at defensive end the team had hoped but he did some good things. Early in the season he was the fulltime starter and he struggled in that role. He did better once the team began using him more as a rotational pass rusher and did his best work late in the season. He finished with a team-leading 5.0 sacks along with 43 tackles (28 solo).

C.J. Wilson

An under the radar free agent pickup by the Raiders. It was Wilson who took over as the starter with Tuck rotating in. Mostly known for his run stopping abilities, he showed some decent pass rushing abilities as well. He finished with 2.0 sacks and 23 tackles (16 solo).

Benson Mayowa

Another new addition, Mayowa was scooped up off waivers from the Seahawks just prior to the start of the season. He took over when Lamarr Woodley went out with injury in week four and was placed on injured reserve. He showed promise early on but would soon disappear. He finished with 14 tackles (9 solo) and 1.0 sack.

Denico Autry

An undrafted free agent rookie, he appears in 10 games, collecting 13 tackles (9 solo) with no sacks.

LaMarr Woodley

Was signed as a free agent after being released by the Steelers last off-season. In six games played, with five starts, he totaled 5 combined tackles (3 solo). He was placed on injured reserve and it's hard to imagine he would be back.

Shelby Harris

Was one of the team's seventh round draft choices. Spent most of last season on the practice squad. He appeared in one game last season and didn't record a stat.