Ranking the Oakland Raiders Top Five Pass Rushers

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December 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa (95) during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

4. Benson Mayowa

Benson Mayowa first entered the NFL as an underrated free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, but after being waived by his original team just a year after he was brought in, the desperate Oakland Raiders claimed him just before the 2014 season began to fill a death need at the defensive end position.

Mayowa is currently working towards earning a starting role in 2015, as he is entering his third season in the NFL.

In 2014 Mayowa had 13 combined tackles and one sack in the 13 games he played with Oakland.

Although some believe that Mayowa could be outperformed by the previously mentioned edge-rusher, he still has some experience in the NFL and has been noticed for his success this offseason.

At 6’3″, 252 pounds the California native has the size and athletic ability to develop into a destructive 4-3 defensive end for the Raiders as he is going to be just 23 this upcoming season. Mayowa is also a high effort player, as Raiders.com Senior Editor Jerry Knaak has stated previously this offseason.

“Mayowa is a relentless hustle, effort player, who never gives up on a play. You can always find room on your team for a guy like that.”

Mayowa is also reuniting with Norton Jr, as he was the Seattle Seahawks’ linebackers coach when he was still on the team.

The former University of Idaho prospect will have an increased role in 2015 due to the overall lack of depth Oakland has at the position, and if he can extend his success into training camp Mayowa should continue to impress his coaches and the Oakland fans with his production in the upcoming season.

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