Recently Fox Sports put together their list of the top 25 players at 25 or younger. There wasn't a Raiders player on the list, despite there being a probably a couple players who were deserving of getting a mention. So, I decided to put together a list of the five top Raiders players at 25 or younger.
Here are those results;
1. Rodney Hudson 25
The team's big free agent prize this offseason barely slides onto the list as he will turn 26 in July. This former second round pick improved his performance every season in his first four years in Kansas City, playing himself to fulltime starter the past two seasons. Not often you can get a big free agent who is as established and as young as he is, so making him the highest paid center in the league (at the time) made sense.
2. Khalil Mack 24
His exclusion from the best 25 at 25 and under list was just plain ridiculous. Especially when you consider fellow DROY candidate C.J. Mosley made the list. Even though Mack outplayed Mosley in just about every possible category. Mosley wasn't even the best rookie middle linebacker last season - Chris Borland was. Mack has 2015 Pro Bowler written all over him after having the most lethal combination of run stopping ability (48 stops) and pass rush (54 pressures) in the league among outside linebackers last season.
3. Gabe Jackson 23
Came on strong as a rookie, starting every game at the left guard spot. He was exactly what the Raiders needed for their offensive line. He helped to raise the game of Donald Penn at left tackle (by his own words), and most of the biggest runs the Raiders had last season went through his position. All indications are the Raiders have found their fulltime starting left guard for years to come.
4. Sio Moore 25
We've seen Moore's talent on display the past two seasons at outside linebacker. He is a firey presence on the field, which can be his best and worst quality. He thrives on his aggressiveness, though sometimes it gets the best of him. But when he puts it together and fully combines that aggressiveness with discipline, watch out. And I expect he will fully recover from his hip injury.
5. T.J. Carrie 24
What this seventh rounder did as a rookie was truly outstanding. He was expected to contribute immediately as a return man but no one expected him to be a starting cornerback, which is what he did and at a position which usually requires a season to acclimate to the pros. His contributions came as a kick returner, punt returner, starting corner along the boundary, and a slot corner in nickel packages. If he can stay healthy, the sky's the limit.