Cory Littleton (Free Agent)
Former Rams linebacker Cory Littleton is one free agent who has been linked to the Raiders since the season ended. The Raiders badly need help at linebacker, and Littleton is just the versatile player the Raiders need.
At just 26 years old, Littleton would bring a great mixture of tackling, pass rush, and coverage to the defense that the team has been lacking, although Littleton may come at a bit of a high price. The Raiders have money to spend in free agency, and targeting linebackers makes a lot of sense when you look at this roster.
Kenneth Murray (Draft)
With the second of the team’s first-round draft picks, the Raiders should select Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. Murray is one of the best linebackers in the draft, and if Isaiah Simmons is not available at pick #12, the Raiders will likely wait until pick #19 to select their linebacker.
Murray is not as versatile as Simmons, but he is a consistent tackler that has the speed to play coverage and move all over the field. During his time with the Sooners, Murray proved he can play sideline to sideline, something this Raiders linebacker group is missing.
Say what you want about Tahir Whitehead, he is as reliable and healthy as any player the Raiders have. Whitehead had yet another 100 tackle season last year, and although he did struggle a bit, he is a great veteran leader that the team needs considering the youth of the team.