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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.

(linebackers)

Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.

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