Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/7/12
The Oakland Raiders are not exactly known for their big name players as of right now which almost forces the attention on to players who either have yet to earn it or players who we just do not need to see anymore. On the flip side there are also a couple of players, like any team, who do not get the credit that they deserve.

I am back again and this time it is to take a look at the two most overrated and the two most underrated players on the Oakland Raiders.

Overrated: Richard Seymour
It almost seems weird putting Richard Seymour as overrated, but at this point in his career he should not have been voted into the Pro Bowl. He did pick up six sacks on the year, but had only 29 tackles.

Just over a year ago, Seymour signed a two-year deal with Oakland worth $30 million this made him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. Mathematically speaking, Seymour made $517,241.38 per tackle last season. The Raiders would be bankrupt if one of their other players (mentioned later in the article) was making that much.

Underrated: Phillip Wheeler
Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Phillip Wheeler signed a one-year contract with the Raiders this offseason worth $700,000. This is an interesting signing that could wind up being one of the best of the offseason.

Wheeler started in 11 games with the Colts last season, recording 84 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. He has gotten better in every year and with 220 tackles in only 24 starts, the 27-year-old has the potential to be free agencies biggest bargain.

Overrated: Carson Palmer
There is no doubting that quarterback Carson Palmer is overrated. As fellow Football Nation contributor Ethan Demers mentioned in an article about the 20 most overrated players in football, Palmer has not been the same since he tore his ACL and MCL back in 2006.

Oakland gave up Dre Kirkpatrick and a conditional second-round pick for the former Bengals quarterback, which certainly did not do them any favors. Palmer was worth a third-round pick at best and the Raiders will start to realize that once they get a few weeks into the season.

Underrated: Tyvon Branch
Since entering the league back in 2008, safety Tyvon Branch has been great for the Raiders. He did not start in his rookie season, but was able to record his first career interception. When he got the nod in 2009, he made the most of it and has started 48 consecutive regular season games since then.

Over that time period, Branch has recorded 337 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and 15 pass defenses. Despite this, Branch has yet to be named to a Pro Bowl or an NFL top 100 list.  

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