Draft Season is upon us. After taking a look at the best first-round picks in Las Vegas Raiders history, let’s take a look at how well the Silver and Black have done with their second-round selections.
Who are the Raiders’ best second-round picks in team history?
FRED BILETNIKOFF, WR
Don’t let the stick’em fool you, Fred Biletnikoff was one of the original big-time receivers in professional football. A second-round selection in 1965’s draft, the Florida State product would go on to have a very noteworthy career. Biletnikoff held the records for consecutive seasons with at least 40 catches (ten), as well as playoff receptions (70), yards (1,167), and touchdowns (ten) when he retired.
KEN STABLER, QB
How coincidental is that Biletnikoff’s partner in crime was also a second round pick? Ken Stabler, the 52nd selection in 1968’s draft, is one of the most prolific players in Raiders history. The Snake would retire with the second-highest completion percentage in league history at the time. He also held the record for most consecutive postseason games with a touchdown pass.
HOWIE LONG, DE
Howie Long is more than just Skechers commercials. He was a member of the All-Decade Team of the 1980s, which made sense since he was a key to a Raiders Super Bowl win and the Defensive Player of the Year in 1985. The Villanova product finished his career with 84 sacks, which doesn’t include the 7.5 takedowns he had in 1981 before the sack was a recorded stat.
DEREK CARR, QB
Derek Carr is the John Cena of Raider Nation. At this point of his career, he could help the Raiders win a Super Bowl with a 158.3 rating and a contingent of fans would gripe about him missing tight end Darren Waller on a fade in the first quarter of a Week 6 game. If anything, he helped bring the Raiders their best season in the last 18 years.
Even though ‘4’ broke his fibula in 2016, he has continued to put up quality numbers for the Raiders Carr now holds the all-time touchdowns record for the Raiders as well as games started at quarterback, both previously held by Kenny Stabler. Love him or hate him, he will continue to rewrite the record books in Las Vegas.
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