3. Tahir Whitehead
Staying with the linebacker spots, the Raiders brought in one heck of a player in Tahir Whitehead, who is going to play a big role in what they do defensively this season. Whitehead is making only the second stop in his NFL career, as he was with the Detroit Lions from 2012-17, becoming a tackling machine.
Whitehead is likely going to be the strongside linebacker for the Raiders this season, after playing on the weakside in Detroit last season. For the Lions, Whitehead racked up an incredible 120 tackles, putting together the best season of his career for a team that nearly made the playoffs for the second straight season.
The Raiders are going to play a 4-3 defense this season, which means Whitehead is going to be very valuable to new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Whitehead does pretty much everything well, and if he plays like he did last season, he becomes a serious upgrade for the team at the linebacker position.
The 28-year old comes to the Raiders on a three-year deal, which is the perfect amount of years based on his age. He is the kind of guy who can get after the quarterback, but what is really going to be nice is having such a sure tackler on the defensive side of the ball playing linebacker for the team in 2018.