Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 4/1/12

DENVER - AUGUST 22: Defensive end Jarvis Moss #94 of the Denver Broncos leaves the line of scrimmage against the Green Bay Packers during NFL preseason action at Invesco Field on August 22, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Packers defeated the Broncos 27-24. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

#94 Jarvis Moss & #51 Aaron Curry pictured playing for the Oakland Raider, 2011.

Oakland made quiet moves to bolster their linebacking corp over the last two years, in this article we will explore which is the best.  Drafting Rolando McClain in the first round certainly helped the beleaguered Silver and Black defense, but it was the addition of two cast offs that have the Raiders poised to be contenders in 2012.  First, there was the ultimate cut day steal of former 1st round pick Jarvis Moss from the Broncos.  Moss had given Denver three and half years of loyalty to only be given walking papers by the Broncos front office.  How could a team give up on a guy who averaged 8 sacks a season at the University of Florida?  Sure Moss has struggled some since starting in the NFL, but the man has nearly doubled his season sack average since moving to the correct side of the AFC West.

Love stealing a former 17th overall pick from a Division Rival?  How about bamboozling a former division rival for a 4th overall pick?  When Oakland traded a 7th rounder and a conditional 2013 pick to the Seahawks for Wake Forest standout Aaron Curry things got real beside the bay.  No one can deny the potential potency of combining 1450 points in draft point value to create the ultimate backing group…

Projected 2012 Oakland Starting Linebackers

But I digress.  Lets see what Curry has done for Raider Nation since his move.

  • Led all former Demon Deacons in stuff yards for 2011.
  • Leads the NFL in Jujube Bar Code Tattoos (as of March 2012)
  • 4.56 40 Yard Dash Time
  • Will only cost the Raiders $5.7 million in 2012

This makes picking a winner awfully tough.  And with McClains’ recent legal troubles Oakland will need help from this dynamic duo for outside pressure.  Reviewing all these measurables here at Raidertalk, our team has come up with one clear cut winner.  Jarvis Moss.  While we can’t help but fall in love with everything Curry brings to the team, being able to take a highly productive player off of your hated division rival is too valuable to the franchise.  The AFC better watchout, because the underdogs are coming.





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