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

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List Rules Based 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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Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 17 (2000)

Stats
268 games played, 414-for-515 field goals (80.4 percent), 557-for-563 extra points (98.9 percent)

Achievements
2011 Pro Bowl selection
All-time franchise scoring leader (1,799 points)

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Nnamdi Asomugha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 31 (2003)

Stats
122 games played, 11 interceptions (1 touchdown), 310 tackles

Achievements
3-time Pro Bowl selection (2008-2010)
2-time first-team All-Pro (2008, 2010)

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Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 10 (1982)

Stats
145 games played, 8,545 rushing yards (79 touchdowns), 4,258 receiving yards (18 touchdowns)

Achievements
2003 Hall of Fame inductee
1985 NFL MVP
1985 Offensive Player of the Year
1982 NFL Rookie of the Year
5-time Pro Bowl selection (1982, 1984-1987)
2-time first-team All-Pro (1982, 1985)
Super Bowl XVIII champion
Super Bowl XVIII MVP

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Ray Guy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 23 (1973)

Stats
207 games played, 1,049 punts (44,493 yards, 42.4 yards/punt)

Achievements
2014 Hall of Fame inductee
7-time Pro Bowl selection (1973-1978, 1980)
3-time first-team All-Pro selection
3-time Super Bowl champion (Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XV, Super Bowl XVIII)

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JaMarcus Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 1 (2007)

Stats
31 games played, 4,083 passing yards (18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions), 65.2 QB rating

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Phillip Buchanon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 17 (2002)

Stats
36 games played, 11 interceptions (4 touchdowns), 6 fumble recoveries, 122 tackles

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Derrick Gibson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Derrick Gibson

Overall selection: 28 (2001)

Stats
69 games played, 3 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, 159 tackles

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Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 4 (1998)

Stats
154 games played, 27 interceptions (2 touchdowns), 18 fumbles forced, 12 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown), 743 tackles

Achievements
1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year
5-time Pro Bowl selection (1998-2001, 2015)
1999 first-team All-Pro

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Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 6 (1988)

Stats
240 games, 14,734 receiving yards (99 touchdowns), 190 rushing yards (1 touchdown)

Achievements
2015 Hall of Fame inductee
9-time Pro Bowl selection (1988, 1991, 1993-1997, 1999, 2001)

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Michael Huff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 7 (2006)

Stats
108 games played, 11 interceptions, 3 fumbles forced, 2 fumble recoveries, 368 tackles

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Gene Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 17 (1967)

Stats
217 games played, 5 fumble recoveries

Achievements
1987 Hall of Fame inductee
7-time Pro Bowl selection (1968, 1972-1977)
5-time first-team All-Pro (1968-1970, 1974, 1977)
2-time Super Bowl champion (Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XV)

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Henry Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

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)

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Terry McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 9 (1988)

Stats
143 games played, 34 interceptions (5 touchdowns), 7 fumble recoveries (2 touchdowns), 5 fumbles forced, 491 tackles

Achievements
5-time Pro Bowl selection (1992-1996)

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Chester McGlockton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 16 (1992)

Stats
90 games played, 39.5 sacks, 340 tackles, 10 fumbles forced

Achievements
4-time Pro Bowl selection (1994-1997)
1995 first-team All-Pro

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Darren McFadden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 4 (2008)

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

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Karl Joseph is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Karl Joseph

Overall selection: 14 (2016)

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

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Raymond Chester is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 19 (1971)

Stats
120 games played, 30 interceptions, 8 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown)

Achievements
3-time Pro Bowl selection (1973-1975)
Super Bowl X champion

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Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 4 (2015)

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

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

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Gareon Conley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Gareon Conley

Overall selection: 24 (2017)

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

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Anthony Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 11 (1990)

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

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Rob Fredrickson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Rob Fredrickson

Overall selection: 22 (1994)

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

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Napoleon Harris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 23 (2002)

Stats
45 games played, 3 fumbles forced, 2.5 sacks, 249 tackles

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Darrell Russell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 2 (1997)

Stats
75 games played, 28.5 sacks, 234 tackles, 5 fumbles forced, 3 fumble recoveries

Achievements
2-time Pro Bowl selection (1998-1999)
1998 first-team All-Pro

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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 19 (1971)

Stats
120 games, 30 interceptions, 8 fumble recoveries (1 touchdown)

Achievements
3-time Pro Bowl selection (1973-1975)
Super Bowl X champion

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Curt Marsh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oakland Raiders First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 23 (1981)

Stats
45 games played, 1 fumble recovery