The Oakland Raiders: Everything It Takes to Be a Storied Franchise

The NFL has 32 franchise teams at the moment and they’ve all had their ups and downs. Some of them are new and still trying to establish their place in league history. Some are recent additions to the record books. … Continue reading The Oakland Raiders: Everything It Takes to Be a Storied Franchise

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Last ‘Bastian: Al Davis’s Last Leg Might Be A Goner

Sebastian Janikowski will not play again for the Oakland Raiders this year and possibly won’t take the field again. For Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, 2017 was a contract year. The long-time superstar leg of the Raiders renegotiated his contract … Continue reading Last ‘Bastian: Al Davis’s Last Leg Might Be A Goner

Al Davis’s “Baker’s Dozen”: 13 Great 2nd Round Picks

Everyone loves the first round of the NFL draft when teams choose the biggest names coming out of college. Al Davis chose 555 players in his long career, from Tony Lorick to Terrelle Pryor, including Marcus Allen, Jack Tatum, Tim Brown, Sebastian Janikowski, and many other great Raiders in Round One.

Yet he, his scouts, and general managers also found many stars in Round Two, many of them small-school or obscure players who went on to stellar careers. More recently, the Oakland Raiders have added three intriguing players to the defense from Round Two in the last three drafts—Mario Edwards in 2015, Jihad Ward in 2016, and Obi Melifonwu this year. Continue reading Al Davis’s “Baker’s Dozen”: 13 Great 2nd Round Picks