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Top-10 on Defense: From Cory Littleton to ‘Help fill in the blank’

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On Tuesday, I ran some more polls to rank the Las Vegas Raiders, this time focusing on the defense. You voted and I comfortably came away with a top-7 based on the votes. I could probably stretch it out to a top-8 but I’ll instead let another round of voting decide it.

Here are the top-7 most important players to the Raiders 2020 defense, with a caveat at 6:

1. Cory Littleton, ILB

2. Maxx Crosby, DE

3. Johnathan Abram, SS

4. Clelin Ferrell, DE

5. Trayvon Mullen, CB

6a. Nick Kwiatkoski, LB

6b. Maliek Collins, DT

The caveat is that Kwiatkoski and Collins were very close so let’s decide it here:

Poll

Nick Kwiatkoski or Maliek Collins?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Nick Kwiatkoski
    (321 votes)
  • 42%
    Maliek Collins
    (234 votes)
555 votes total Vote Now

OK, now we need the final three.

I could have put a longer list of names here but there were only four names that got enough votes for me to think that they’d have a shot at making the top-10:

Damon Arnette, Maurice Hurst, Lamarcus Joyner, and Prince Amukamara. Truthfully Joyner did so terribly in the voting — mostly because I put him in the polls right away thinking maybe he’d have a contingent of support and then realizing that oh no he does not — that you have to wonder how many expect him to make the final roster. But with no savings attached to doing that we’ll have to assume that Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden are going to make a hard push for Joyner to be worth his $10 million salary.

He’s improved with a position change before, perhaps that can happen again. If not, these other three players will happily take his place in the top-10 instead.

Poll

Of the remaining names, who is the most important player to the Raiders 2020 defense?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    Damon Arnette
    (188 votes)
  • 33%
    Maurice Hurst
    (169 votes)
  • 10%
    Lamarcus Joyner
    (51 votes)
  • 18%
    Prince Amukamara
    (92 votes)
500 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Of the remaining names, who is 2nd-most important player to the Raiders 2020 defense?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Damon Arnette
    (150 votes)
  • 38%
    Maurice Hurst
    (165 votes)
  • 13%
    Lamarcus Joyner
    (60 votes)
  • 12%
    Prince Amukamara
    (56 votes)
431 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Of the remaining names, who is 3rd-most important to the Raiders 2020 defense?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Damon Arnette
    (64 votes)
  • 20%
    Maurice Hurst
    (84 votes)
  • 26%
    Lamarcus Joyner
    (111 votes)
  • 28%
    Prince Amukamara
    (119 votes)
  • 9%
    Other
    (40 votes)
418 votes total Vote Now