What condition the position is in: Assessing Raiders level of need at DI ahead of free agency
We take a look on the interior defensive line for the Raiders ahead of free agency to give it a condition of either Strong, Stable, Unstable, Serious, or Critical.
Returning starters: Bilal Nichols
Depth: Neil Farrell Jr, Matthew Butler, Adam Butler, Kyle Peko
Free agents: Andrew Billings, Jerry Tillery
Notes: The new staff overhauled this group for no reason last year. A solid group of interior DL from 2021 were changed out for a lackluster group.
Nichols and Billings were the two starters for much of the season. Then they signed Tillery after he was released by the Chargers. None made an impact while Tillery was an outright liability against the run.
The two rookies Farrell and Butler weren’t able to beat out anyone to get consistent playing time, which wouldn’t have been a tall order.
Why: It’s been a while since this team had a dominant force in the middle and that needs to change right now.