Every season each team puts out an unofficial depth chart before the preseason starts. On Monday, the Las Vegas Raiders released theirs.
The Las Vegas Raiders first unofficial depth chart has quite a few surprises so far, which was to be expected after another offseason of revamping the roster. Sure, some players are written in concrete in terms of their starting job, but this is going to be a summer where we see a ton of players make their push to become starters.
With a healthy mix of veterans and rookies alike, the battles for open positions are like one basically unseen in recent Raiders memory, with nearly the majority of positions nearly wide open for the taking. This offseason, Las Vegas made wholesale changes along the offensive line and brought in a lot of talent to try and fix one of the worst defenses in football last season.
With new coaches, including a new defensive coordinator, ready to roll, the hope is that the franchise can finally get back to being a perennial playoff contender, which they were the last time Jon Gruden was the head coach. To do so, they have to improve on some glaring weaknesses from last season, and early signs are this roster may be better than advertised.
With that said let’s take a look at the five biggest surprises atop the new unofficial depth chart.