Jun 9, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders helmet of defensive end Justin Tuck (not pictured) at minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
In total, that gives Oakland five foundation players and 11 quality young starters. Four of the five foundation players are on offense. Six of the 11 quality young starters are on defense, with one being on special teams.
Football is an incredibly demanding sport, both physically and mentally, so it goes without saying that none of this is a sure thing. Several of these players will likely fall short of expectations, but several will likely exceed expectations as well.
What this analysis should do is provide a general idea of the make-up of this roster, and the potential that it has. Given the results, there is certainly reason to be optimistic for the future.
Of course, there is still plenty of work needed to be done to turn the team into a contender, but for the first time in a long time, there is hope that it can happen.
What are your thoughts? Are there too many or too few players in a category? Is there a player you would place in a different category than I did? Let me know what you think in the comments.