Predicting which Oakland Raiders will make the Pro Bowl this year is more difficult a task than for any other team this season given the heavy roster turnover. Don’t get me wrong, general manager Reggie McKenzie has acted swift and done a great job of clearing cap, but this almost has the look of an expansion roster.
Funny thing is that might make them better than last season in the win-loss department.
I know everyone and their grandparents is building their own Mt. Rushmore-type quartet for every franchise in sports this offseason, but I’m going to a pull twist on it I haven’t seen yet: only accomplishments over the past couple years will apply, in the effort create the most relevant set of four mountain-side faces as possible. So I’m crafting the Raiders’ Mt. Rushmore to beat all Raiders Mt. Rushmores: Whose face makes it in stone?
Denarius Moore: The Raiders possessed a glut of extremely speedy yet underwhelming receivers over the past couple years, but more than any, Moore combined that with superior receiving skill and potential to become an All-Pro some day.
Reggie McKenzie: As the Raiders have always proven, no one is safe and volatility is to be expected. Even on Mt. Rushmore. A potential check in McKenzie’s power was brought up by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.
“Raiders fans correctly have pointed out that the decision by owner Mark Davis to fire P.R. director Zak Gilbert has no connection to the team’s performance on the field. Still, Gilbert was hired not by Davis but by G.M. Reggie McKenzie, who supposedly has been given the keys to the car.”
Nick Roach: The exact type of low-cost, decent-value pickup McKenzie has made many of this offseason, who should play a role in both leading this new-look defense and keeping salary cap manageable for 2014.
Jared Veldheer: Perhaps the best player at his particular position on his entire team, Veldheer might be the league’s most underrated left tackle.