Raiders 53-man roster projection 1.0: Defense

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Edge Defenders (4): Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Shilique Calhoun, James Cowser

Raiders defensive end and outside linebacker Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin are absolute slam dunks as EDGE defenders for Oakland in 2017.

In 2016, Raiders rookie outside linebacker Shilique Calhoun truly disappointed before missing final six games of the year. If healthy, Calhoun should take a major leap forward in Year 2.

Meanwhile, Raiders second-year defensive end James Cowser has flashed enough big-play potential to warrant a roster spot, and may end up being one of the surprise players in the NFL this year.


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