Raiders All-Time Top 50 Draft Picks

Agree or disagree, this list was compiled based on impact on the franchise. Could have been by the value of where the Raiders picked (a 5th rounder who shined is going to be raised up higher than a 1st rounder with comparable stats). Also if the player was traded and brought the Raiders back picks or players of greater value were also factored in. But with any list, there will always be disagreement…

Number 1: Tim Brown

Wide Receiver/Kick Returner/Punt Returner… 6-0, 195… Notre Dame… 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers… 17 seasons, 255 games… Heisman Trophy Winner… Selected by Raiders in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1988 draft… As rookie led NFL in kickoff returns, return yards, and yards per return average… Led NFL in receptions, 1997… Set Raiders franchise records for receptions, receiving yards, and punt return yards… At time of retirement his 14,934 receiving yards were second-highest total in NFL history; 1,094 receptions were 3rd; and 100 touchdown catches were tied for 3rd… Also gained 190 rushing yards; 3,320 punt return yards, 3 fumble return yards; 1,235 kickoff return yards… Total of 19,682 combined net yards, 5th all-time at time of retirement… Scored 105 total touchdowns (100 receiving, 1 rushing, 3 punt returns, 1 kickoff return)… Voted to Pro Bowl nine times, 1989 and 1992 as kick returner, 1994 -98, 2000 and 2002 as a receiver… All-Pro choice as a kick returner, 1988… All-Pro wide receiver, 1997… Was named All-AFC as a kick returner, 1988, punt returner, 1991, and wide receiver, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997… Born July 22, 1966 in Dallas, Texas.

Number 2: Gene Upshaw

Highway 63″ was selected by the Raiders in the 1st round of the 1967 NFL Draft out of Texas A&I (now Texas A&M – Kingsville). One of the greatest players in NFL history, Upshaw was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 after playing in 217 regular-season games with 207 starts, 24 playoff games and three Super Bowls (II, XI, XV). Upshaw was named to seven All-Star Games/Pro Bowls and named 1st Team All-Pro five times. He went on to become the executive director of the NFL Players Association, a post he held until his death in 2008.

Number 3: Fred Biletnikoff

Originally selected in the second round of the 1965 AFL Draft after a record-setting collegiate career at Florida State…Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1988… No. 2 all-time in his- tory of Silver and Black with 589 career catches… Ranked fourth on the NFL all-time receiving list at time of retirement… Also No. 2 among all-time Raiders in receiving yards (8,974) and receiving touchdowns (76)… Also caught 70 passes for 1,167 yards and 10 touchdowns in postseason games, ranking second on all-time NFL list upon retirement… Played in three AFL title games, five AFC Championships and Super Bowls II and Xl… MVP of Super Bowl Xl with four catches for 79 yards… Held NFL record of 10 straight seasons with 40 or more receptions (1967-76)… Raiders leading receiver for six consecutive seasons (1968-73)… Led NFL in receiving with 61 catches in 1971, then led AFC in 1972 with 58… All-AFL in 1969, All-AFC in 1970, 1972 and 1973… Played in two AFL All-Star Games and four Pro Bowls… Played in 190 games in 14 seasons… Had 21, 100-yard receiving games… Had four, 100-yard receiving games in playoffs… Never played in a losing season with the Raiders… Named to Walter Camp All-Century Team… Rejoined Raiders as wide receivers coach in 1989… Award in his name goes to nation’s top collegiate wide receiver… Was Raiders wide receivers coach from 1989-94, handled quality control from 1995-96 and returned to coach receivers in 1997 until retiring from coaching following the 2006 season.

Number 4:  Art Shell

A 3rd round selection in 1968. Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 5, 1989… All-American Football Conference selection six straight years from 1973-78… All-Pro in 1973, 1974 and 1977… Played in 207 league games, fourth-highest in history of Silver and Black… Selected to play in eight Pro Bowls, second-most of any Raider player, during career, which spanned three decades… Played in 23 postseason contests, including eight AFL-AFC Championships and Raider victories in Super Bowls Xl and XV… Credited with near-perfect performance in Raiders Super Bowl Xl victory over Minnesota, limiting Vikings highly regarded defensive end Jim Marshall to no tackles, sacks or assists during 32-14 win… Played in first 156 games before missing five games due to preseason injury… Launched another streak of 51 straight games… Named to NFL All-Monday Night Team… Originally selected in third round of the 1968 AFL Draft after stellar career as a two-way lineman at Maryland-Eastern Shore… Raiders offensive line coach after retiring as a player in 1982 until 1988, when he became head coach of the Silver and Black… Served as head coach of the Raiders until 1994 and re-joined the Silver and Black as head coach in 2006… Also served as an NFL assistant coach with Kansas City and Atlanta and was the NFL’s senior vice president for football operations and development.

Number 5: Howie Long

Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 29, 2000… Played 13 NFL sea- sons, all with the Raiders, and made eight Pro Bowl appearances in pro career… Moved into starting role with the Raiders beginning in the fifth game of the strike- shortened 1982 season… Just the second Raider defensive lineman to make a Pro Bowl… First or second team All-Pro choice in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1989… Was also named All-AFC four times… In 1985, posted 10 sacks, with at least one in eight games and was selected as Raider Lineman’s Club Defensive Lineman of the Year by his teammates… Although he missed much of the 1988 season due to injury, he still managed to record three sacks and intercept the first pass of his career, which he returned 73 yards in a game against Houston… Member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1980s, recorded 84 career sacks, not including 7.5 sacks in 1981 before the sack was an official NFL stat… Raiders second round pick in 1981 NFL Draft and the 48th player selected overall.

Number 6: Marcus Allen

Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 3, 2003… The 10th player selected in the 1982 NFL Draft… Played 16 NFL seasons, including 11 with the Los Angeles Raiders… Gained 12,243 yards rushing, 5,411 yards receiving and scored 145 touchdowns… 1981 Heisman Trophy winner while at Southern California and NFL Rookie of the Year in 1982… During his 11 seasons with the Raiders, named to the Pro Bowl five times and added a sixth appearance in 1994 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs… Was the Raiders leading rusher seven consecutive years… Led the Raiders in receptions with 51 in 1987… Named MVP in Super Bowl XVIII when the Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 after rushing for 191 yards and scoring two touchdowns, one a then-Super Bowl record 74-yarder… In 1985, named NFL MVP after leading the league with 1,759 rushing yards on 380 carries for a 4.6 yards per carry average and 11 touchdowns… Also caught 67 passes for 555 yards and scored an additional three touchdowns… In 1995, he made NFL history when he became the first player in league history to rush for more than 10,000 yards and catch passes for 5,000 more… Completed 12 of 27 passes for 282 yards and six touchdowns during his career… In 15 career playoff games, carried the ball 267 times for 1,347 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry… Also added 52 catches for 522 yards and two receiving touchdowns… At the time of his retirement following the 1997 season, held the single-season record for most rushing and receiving yards combined (2,314), second in consecutive 100-yard games and was third in career-combined yardage.

Number 7: Ken Stabler 

The Oakland Raiders, in the second round of the 1968 AFL-NFL Draft, selected quarterback Ken Stabler. A three-time All-America at Alabama, Stabler spent his first two seasons in the pros on the Raiders inactive/reserve squad, before joining the team in 1970 as a backup to Oakland’s All-Pro quarterback Daryle Lamonica.

In 1976, Stabler led the league in passing, finishing the season with a remarkable 103.4 passer rating. At the same time, the Raiders earned the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XI. In the Super Bowl Stabler completed 12 of 19 passes for 180 yards as the Raiders easily defeated the Minnesota Vikings 32-14.

During his 10 seasons in Oakland, Stabler was named All-Pro twice, All-AFC three times, and selected to play in the Pro Bowl four times. He was named the AFC’s Player of the Year in 1974 and again in 1976. Following the 1979 season the Raiders traded Stabler to the Houston Oilers for quarterback Dan Pastorini. In his first season as the Oilers field general, Stabler passed for 3,202 yards. It was the second time in his career that he passed for more than 3,000 yards in a single season.

Number 8: Ray Guy

Ray Guy became the first punter ever selected in the first round of a National Football League draft when the Oakland Raiders tapped him as the 23rd player chosen in 1973. The 6-3, 195-pounder from Southern Mississippi spent his entire 14-season, 207-game career with the Raiders. His career punting average was an excellent 42.4 yards and he averaged more than 40 yards 13 of his 14 seasons. The only time he fell below the 40-yard average mark came during the strike shortened (9 games) 1982 season, when he averaged 39.1 yards. Only three of his 1,049 punts were blocked and he ranked second all-time at the time of his retirement by punting 619 straight times without a block in a period from the 1979 season until the end of his career in 1986.

Number 9: Dave Casper

Second-round pick by the Raiders in the 1974 NFL Draft.  Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 3, 2002… Played 11 seasons in the NFL, seven-and-a-half with the Raiders… During that time, named All-Pro and All- AFC four times and was selected to play in four Pro Bowls… Traded to the Houston Oilers for a first-round and two second-round draft picks midway through 1980 season, finished the season with 56 receptions and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl… In 1984, after a brief stint with the Minnesota Vikings, returned to the Raiders, finishing his career with 378 receptions for 5,216 yards and 52 touchdowns… Caught the game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass in 1977 double-overtime AFC playoff game… His infamous “Ghost to the Post,” in reference to his 42-yard reception, set up the tying field goal at the end of regulation.

Number 10: Lester Hayes

The Raiders selected Hayes in the 5th round of the 1977 NFL Draft. He played in 149 games with 134 starts and recorded 39 interceptions for 572 yards and 4 pick-sixes. In 1980, he picked off 13 passes for 273 yards and 1 TD. He was a key member of the Raiders Super Bowl XV and XVIII championship teams. His 39 interceptions are tied with Willie Brown’s mark for the all-time team record. He was named the AP Defensive Player of the year in 1980 and was selected for 5 Pro Bowls.

Number 11: Charles Woodson

Woodson was originally selected by the Raiders in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft after winning the Heisman trophy at the University of Michigan. He re-joined the Raiders in 2013 after 7 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He played in 154 games with 151 starts as a Raider and recorded 27 interceptions for 398 yards and 2 TDs. He tied for the NFL record with 13 defensive touchdowns. He is the first player in NFL history to record 60 interceptions and 20 sacks.

Number 12: Cliff Branch

Branch won three Super Bowls as a member of the Raiders. He played in 183 regular season games with 150 starts. He caught 501 passes for 8,685 yards and 67 TDs. He teamed with Jim Plunkett for the longest pass play in Raiders history, 99 yards in 1983 against Washington. Branch is the 3rd leading receiver in Raiders history behind Fred Biletnikoff and Tim Brown. Branch played in numerous playoff games and made his most memorable catches in the most important games.

Number 13: Sebastian Janikowski 

Janikowski, originally selected in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, is the Raiders all-time leading scorer. He made 414 of 515 field-goal attempts and 557 of 563 extra-point attempts for a total of 1,799 points. He has made eight field goals of 56 yards or longer including a then-NFL-record-tying 63-yard field goal against the Broncos in Denver in 2011. He has kicked more field goals of 50+ yards than any other player in NFL history.

Number 14: Shane Lechler

Selected in the 5th round out of Texas A&M in 2000. Lechler was named 1st team all pro six times and with a punt of 80 yards holds the record for the longest punt in Raiders history.

Number 15: Don Mosebar

Selected with the 26th pick in the 1st round out of USC in the 1983 NFL draft. Mosebar started 156 games on the offensive line for the Silver & Black. He was selected to three Pro bowls.

Number 16: Rod Martin

Selected in the 12th round out of USC in 1977. Martin started 147 games at linebacker for the Silver & Black He won two Super Bowls with the Raiders and in Super Bowl 15 he had three interceptions.

Number 17: Terry McDaniel

Selected in the 1st round out of Tennessee in the 1988 draft. McDaniel played in 143 games for the Raiders and his 34 interceptions put him in third all time in Raiders history.

Number 18: Henry Lawrence

Selected in the 1st round out of Florida A&M in the 1974 draft. Lawrence started 148 games for the Raiders on the offensive line and was a member of all three of the Raiders Superbowl winning teams.

Number 19: Phil Villapiano

Selected by the Raiders in the 2nd round of the 1971 NFL Draft, Villapiano played in 118 games with 117 starts. He recorded 11 interceptions for 160 yards and 1 TD and recovered 17 fumbles. He was a key member of several playoff teams including the Raiders Super Bowl XI championship team. He made the game-sealing interception in the Sea of Hands game against Miami in the 1974 playoffs.

Number 20: Jack Tatum

The Raiders selected Tatum in the 1st round of the 1971 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He played for the Raiders from 1971-79 and wore No. 31 until 1973 before switching to No. 32. In No. 31, Tatum played in 41 games with 41 starts and grabbed 9 interceptions. His 104-yard fumble return for a TD in 1972 is the longest in Raiders history. In all, Tatum played in 120 games with 120 starts for the Raiders and recorded 30 interceptions and 8 fumble recoveries. He was named to 3 straight Pro Bowls from 1973-1975.

Number 21: Dan Conners

Conners originally wore No. 60 from 1964-65 before switching to No. 55. The Raiders selected him in the second round of the 1964 AFL Draft out of the University of Miami (Fla.). In all, he played in 141 regular season games with 88 starts and grabbed 15 interceptions for 232 yards and three TDs, and recovered 16 fumbles for 112 yards and 2 TDs.

Number 22: George Atkinson

Selected in the 7th round out of Morris Brown in 1968. Atkinson aka “Hit Man”. Atkinson recorded 30 interceptions for 448 yards and 2 TDs, forced 12 fumbles and recovered 13, returning 2 for TDs.  He is the 3rd leading punt returner, 7th leading kickoff returner and 5th leading interceptor in team history.

Number 23: Derek Carr

Selected by the Raiders in the second round (36th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Three-time Pro Bowler. He started the first 47 games of his career, becoming the first Raiders offensive player since 1975 to accomplish the feat…Ranks first in NFL history with 16 fourth quarter comebacks and 1,759 completions through his first five seasons.

Number 24: Nnamdi Asomugha 

Selected in the 1st round out of Cal in 2003. Asomugha started 99 games at cornerback for the Raiders with 11 interceptions. He was selected to 3 pro bowls.

Number 25: Matt Millen

Selected in the 2nd round out of Penn State in the 1980 draft. Millen started 127 games for the Raiders as a linebacker and recorded 11 sacks, 7 interceptions and recovered four fumbles.

Number 26:  Barrett Robbins

Selected in the 2nd round out of TCU in the 1995 NFL draft. Robbins anchored the Raiders offensive line at center for 105 starts. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2002.

Number 27: Greg Townsend

Selected in the 4th round of the 1983 draft. Since the sack became an official stat, Townsend leads all Raiders with 107 and ½ sacks. Townsend was selected to two pro bowls while with the Silver and Black.

Number 28: Vann McElroy

Originally selected in the 3rd round of the 1982 NFL Draft out of Baylor, McElroy played in 101 games with 88 starts and intercepted 31 passes for 296 yards and 1 TD. His 31 INTs rank 4th all-time in Raiders history. He was a member of the Raiders Super Bowl XVIII Championship team.

Number 29:

Chester McGlockton – Selected in the 1st round out of Clemson in 1992. McGlockton played in 90 games as a defensive tackle. He recorded 39 and a 1/2 sacks and one interception and was selected to play in four Pro Bowls.

Number 30:

Harry Schuh – Selected in the 1st round out of Memphis in the 1965 AFL draft.  Nicknamed Harry “The Horse” Schuh, “The Horse” played 84 games at tackle for the Silver and Black and was named an AFL All-League tackle in 1969.

Number 31:

Raymond Chester – The Raiders selected Chester in the 1st round of the 1970 NFL Draft out of Morgan State. He wore No. 87 from 1970-72 and No. 88 in his second stint with the Raiders from 1978-81. Chester also played for the Colts from 1973-77. In all, Chester played in 103 games with 65 starts for the Raiders and caught 216 passes for 2,891 yards and 37 TDs. He was a member of the Raiders Super Bowl XV championship team.

Number 32:

Pete Banaszak – Selected in the 5th round of the 1966 AFL Draft, Banaszak played in 173 games with 31 starts. He gained 3,772 yards on 964 carries with 47 TDs. He also caught 121 passes for 1,022 yards and 5 scores.  Banaszak was a key member of the Raiders Super Bowl XI championship team and was a central figure in the play that became known as the Holy Roller. He is the 6th leading rusher in team history.

Number 33:

Marv Hubbard – Selected in the 11th round out of Colgate in the 1968 draft, Hubbard in 90 games as a Raider rushed for over 4,000 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.

Number 34:

Greg Biekert – Selected in the 7th round out of Colorado in the 1993 NFL Draft. As a linebacker Biekert played 144 games as a Raider and during that time had over 700 solo tackles, 15 sacks and forced 9 fumbles.

Number 35:

Micky Marvin – Selected in the 4th round out of the University of Tennessee in 1977. Marvin played in 120 regular season games for the Raiders from 1977-1987. He started at right guard in 11 playoff games, including Super Bowls XV and XVIII.

Number 36:

Clarence Davis -Selected in the 4th round out of USC in 1971. Davis was a triple threat with 3600 yards rushing, 865 yards receiving and 2100 return yards and 28 TD’s

Number 37:

Charlie Smith – Selected in the 4th round out of Utah in 1968. Smith was a duel threat in the backfield rushing for over 3000 yards and receiving for over 1,500 yards for the Silver and Black.

Number 38:

Bill Pickel – Selected in the 2nd round out of Rutgers in the 1983 NFL Draft. Pickel played in 121 games and recorded 53 sacks and seven fumble recoveries with the Raiders. Pickel was named 1st Team All-Pro in 1986

Number 39:

Dave Dalby – Selected in the 4th round out of UCLA in the 1972 NFL Draft. Dalby played in 205 games with 121 starts, won three Super Bowls as the Raiders starting center and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1977.


Number 40:

Gus Otto – Selected in the 4th round out of Missouri in the 1965 AFL draft. Otto played in 102 games for the Silver and Black with 6 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries.

Number 41:

Khalil Mack – Selected out of Buffalo with the fifth pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Mack had 40 sacks in 64 games with the Raiders and made the pro bowl three times as a member of the Silver & Black.

Number 42:

Mark Van Eeghen – Selected out of Colgate in the third round of the 1974 NFL draft. Van Eeghen rushed for 5,907 yards with 35 TDs for the Silver and Black, making him the second-leading rusher in Raiders history

Number 43:

Mike Davis – Selected out of Colorado in the second round of the ‘77 Draft, Davis started 83 games and recorded 11 interceptions. He was a key member of the Raiders Super Bowl 15 and 18 championship squads.

Number 44:

Robert Gallery – Selected out of Iowa with the second overall pick in the 2004 Draft, Gallery played in ninety-two games for the Raiders. Gallery showed his versatility for Oakland as he played both the tackle and guard positions for the Silver and Black.

Number 45:

Michael Huff – Selected with the 7th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Texas, Huff played in 107 games and intercepted 11 passes, including the interception to seal the win in a memorable game in Houston after the passing of Al Davis.

Number 46:

George Buehler – Selected in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft out of Stanford, Buehler played 125 regular season games for Oakland and was a key member of the offensive line for the Raiders Super Bowl 11 championship team.

Number 47:

Bruce Wilkerson – Selected in the second round of the 1987 NFL Draft out of Tennessee by the Los Angeles Raiders. Wilkerson started 89 times on the offensive line for the Silver & Black, showing his versatility by playing both tackle and guard.

Number 48:

Darrell Russell…Selected as the second overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft out of USC, Russell started sixty-five games for the Raiders and recorded twenty -eight and ½ sacks, five forced fumbles and 1 interception.

Number 49:

David Humm… a Bishop-Gorman grad was selected out of Nebraska by the Raiders in the 5th round. David won two Super Bowls with the Silver & Black and worked with the organization for decades…

Number 50:

Frank Hawkins….Frank was selected out of Nevada-Reno by the Raiders in the 10th round and with the Silver and Black, “The Hawk” played in eighty-eight games, scored eighteen touchdowns and helped them win Super Bowl eighteen…