Linebacker (6): Marquel Lee, Tahir Whitehead, Derrick Johnson, Emmanuel Lamur, James Cowser, Nicholas Morrow
Marquel Lee has come into his second season in the NFL with a chip on his shoulder, and he has looked like best linebacker the Raiders have this summer. In fact, Pro Football Focus rated him the hugest-rated linebacker in all of football this preseason, as he has been downright dominant on the field.
While the team brought in Derrick Johnson to start at middle linebacker, it seems Lee will be the likely man in the middle on September 10. He will be joined in the starting lineup by Tahir Whitehead and likely Emmanuel Lamur, although the battle for the third starting linebacker job seems to be up in the air right now.
Outside of Lee, James Cowser has been one of the Raiders highest-rated defenders, and is making a serious case to be on the 53-man roster. He will have to stave off guys like Kyle Wilber and Azeem Victor, but for now, I like him to stick for the regular season.