The Las Vegas Raiders have overlooked the inside linebacker position for the last few years and for their defense to get any better, they must target that need in the draft and free agency.
Cory Littleton should be on top of the Raiders list when it comes to signing an inside linebacker. He’s fantastic in pass coverage; he can shadow tight ends, running backs, and even some wide receivers. Littleton is a linebacker you can count on to come in and work hard day in and day out. In the 2019 season, he had 134 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He also had nine pass defensed and two interceptions.
Blake Martinez would be an excellent addition for the Raiders as he has had 140 plus tackles in the last three seasons. Last year, the linebacker was the leader of the Packers defense, had 155 tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble. Martinez can help the Raiders defend the middle of the field, something they’ve struggled with for a long time.
Joe Schobert was a Pro Bowler in 2017; he is an excellent tackler and can be a leader on defense. The veteran is still young at 26, and each year, he’s improved his pass coverage skills. In 2019, he had 133 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles. Also, he was solid in pass defense with nine pass defensed and four interceptions. Schobert is the kind of linebacker you need when you go up against teams with strong passing attacks.
Littleton would be the perfect fit at inside linebacker as he can tackle and defends the pass well. I feel he could take the Raider’s defense to the next level and Las Vegas needs to do everything they can to sign him next in free agency. If the Raiders can not sign Littleton, Schobert would be a pretty good plan B for the team. With his improvement in pass coverage, he would be a nice match. Martinez does not cover like Littleton and Schobert, but he is an outstanding tackler and has some ability to cover the middle of the field.
Nevertheless, Littleton is the guy the Raiders need for the inside linebackers position.
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