Oakland Raiders Offseason State of the Union

It’s about that time of the year to deliver the Oakland Raiders’ offseason state of the union. We’re not discussing foreign policies or economic climates, but for Raider Nation this is the consummate overview of the roster at its current state. 

The Raiders had a busy offseason. General manager Reggie McKenzie led a progressive free-agent signing period and drafted 10 players. Roster turnover was needed in Oakland. Since McKenzie’s hire as GM in 2012, the franchise has 11 wins.

Starting with Jack Del Rio’s hire, the somber-smelling air around Alameda changed drastically. The team brought in impact free agents and let go of players on their last legs.

Del Rio added a fiery defensive coordinator to instill change on defense. He also hired a quarterbacks coach who spent a full season with offensive guru Chip Kelly. 

Oakland received rave reviews from analysts, such as NFL.com's Bryan Fischer, who probably haven’t taken the Raiders seriously in nearly a decade.

Is it possible these wholesale changes equate to a turnaround for the silver and black? We’ll address the makeup of the roster as it stands before heading into training camp in this comprehensive state of the union address.

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