When the offseason began two months ago, the Las Vegas Raiders’ need list was simple — defense, defense, defense.
It’s not so simple now. As we approach the offseason adding period, the Raiders’ needs are a lot more complicated because of them cutting so many players. Now, there are big needs on offense as well as the same pressing needs on defense.
Let’s rank Las Vegas’ needs after the sudden changes.
Nothing changes at the top. The Raiders’ need for multiple pass-rushers (they probably will address in both free agency and in the draft) remains critical.
The pending trade of Trent Brown to the New England Patriots shakes up this list. The Raiders’ offense is at its best when Derek Carr gets great protection and that’s why this is a huge need. Brandon Parker would be the starter as of now and that’s just not good enough.
The Raiders need a difference maker in the middle as both a run stuffer and as a pass rusher.
This need could be higher, but it’s a fluid situation. It’s been reported that Gabe Jackson will be cut, but he hasn’t been yet, so perhaps the Raiders will figure a way to keep him. Fellow starting guard Richie Incognito has been cut, but it’s been reported he will likely be back. So, the need here may be high or low. Stay tuned.
This illustrates how the moves on the offensive line has affected the needs’ list. Free safety is a big need, but it has been knocked down the list because of the other moves, It’s hard to fill everything.
The Raiders really want a veteran cornerback to help their core of young players at the spot.
Whether it’s keeping Nicholas Morrow or not, the Raiders need a third linebacker.
This list has gotten bigger and the Raiders will have some money to spend to fill it. But again, it’s hard to fix everything.