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The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Updated July 26, 2019 2.2k votes 75 voters50 items

List RulesBased only on career success with Oakland Raiders. Only picks made during Super Bowl era (since 1967).

The Oakland Raiders' best first-round NFL draft picks have gone on to the Hall of Fame. Players like Tim Brown, Marcus Allen, Ray Guy, and Gene Upshaw, some of the best NFL players of all time, are ideal result of a team approaching the NFL draft right.

Of course, they can't all be hits, and the Oakland Raiders are the franchise that took JaMarcus Russell number 1 overall in 2007, one of the biggest NFL draft flops ever.

But with three Super Bowl victories in their history, four Hall of Famers, an MVP, and numerous Pro Bowlers, all the Oakland Raiders' first-round draft picks have helped build one of the NFL's most storied franchises.

So who has been the top first-round draft pick in Raiders history? The stats below reflect only players' time spent with the Raiders (either in Oakland or Los Angeles), and that's what you should consider when voting. How much did these players help the team that drafted them?

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  • 26

    Overall selection: 11 (1990)

    Stats
    98 games played, 57.5 sacks, 11 fumbles forced, 228 tackles

  • 27

    Overall selection: 19 (1974)

    Stats
    187 games played, 9 fumble recoveries

    Achievements
    2-time Pro Bowl selection (1983-1984)
    3-time Super Bowl champion (Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XV, Super Bowl XVIII)

  • 28

    Overall selection: 23 (2005)

    Stats
    45 games played, 5 interceptions, 123 tackles

  • 29
    13
    26

    D. J. Hayden

    Overall selection: 12 (2013)

    Stats
    45 games played, 3 interceptions, 180 tackles

  • 30
    10
    23

    Rob Fredrickson

    Overall selection: 22 (1994)

    Stats
    58 games played, 4 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown), 288 tackles

  • 31

    Overall selection: 14 (2016)

    Stats
    40 games played, 3 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, 186 tackles

  • 32
    13
    29

    Scott Davis

    Overall selection: 25 (1988)

    Stats
    75 games played, 27.5 sacks, 119 tackles

  • 33
    10
    25

    Neal Colzie

    Overall selection: 24 (1975)

    Stats
    56 games played, 168 punt returns (1,747 yards)

    Achievements
    Super Bowl X champion

  • 34

    Overall selection: 15 (1980)

    Stats
    96 games played, 11,760 passing yards (77 touchdowns, 86 interceptions), 122.5 QB rating

    Achievements
    2-time Super Bowl champion (Super Bowl XV, Super Bowl XVIII)

  • 35

    Overall selection: 8 (2010)

    Stats
    41 games played, 6.5 sacks, 245 tackles, 1 interception

  • 36

    Overall selection: 4 (2008)

    Stats
    83 games played, 4,247 rushing yards (25 touchdowns), 1,769 receiving yards (5 touchdowns)

  • 37

    Overall selection: 4 (2015)

    Stats
    52 games played, 3,908 receiving yards (25 touchdowns)

    Achievements
    3-time Pro Bowl selection (2015-2016, 2018)

  • 38
    8
    25

    Mike Siani

    Overall selection: 21 (1972)

    Stats
    74 games played, 2,079 receiving yards (13 touchdowns) 

    Achievements
    Super Bowl X champion

  • 39

    Overall selection: 23 (1981)

    Stats
    45 games played, 1 fumble recovery

  • 40

    Overall selection: 7 (2009)

    Stats
    56 games played, 2,071 receiving yards (11 touchdowns)

  • 41

    Overall selection: 22 (1969)

    Stats
    87 games played, 2 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown)

  • 42
    5
    26

    Eldridge Dickey

    Overall selection: 25 (1968)

    Stats
    18 games played, 112 receiving yards (1 touchdown)

    Achievements
    First black quarterback taken in first round of NFL draft

  • 43
    5
    29

    Gareon Conley

    Overall selection: 24 (2017)

    Stats
    17 games played, 3 interceptions (1 touchdown), 44 tackles

  • 44
    5
    34

    Todd Marinovich

    Overall selection: 24 (1991)

    Stats
    8 games played, 1,345 passing yards (8 touchdowns, 9 interceptions), 66.4 QB rating

  • 45

    Overall selection: 32 (2003)

    Stats
    79 games played, 140 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 interception

  • 46
    2
    23

    Ted Watts

    Overall selection: 21 (1981)

    Stats
    57 games played, 35 punt returns (284 yards, 1 touchdown)

    Achievements
    Super Bowl XVIII champion

  • 47
    2
    23

    Patrick Bates

    Overall selection: 12 (1993)

    Stats
    29 games played, 84 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries

  • 48

    Overall selection: 23 (1985)

    Stats
    39 games, 1,327 receiving yards (10 touchdowns)

  • 49
    2
    27

    Bob Buczkowski

    Overall selection: 24 (1986)

    Stats
    2 games, 1 sack

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    25

    John Clay

    Overall selection: 15 (1987)

    Stats
    10 games, 1 fumble recovery