History of Las Vegas Raiders First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

Jamarcus Russell and Khalil Mack help accentuate the polarizing nature of the Las Vegas Raiders' history of first-round picks in the NFL Draft.

The Las Vegas Raiders‘ history of first-round picks in the NFL Draft at times inspires awe — for reasons both good and bad. The Raiders have seen it all, and they’ve been to both extremes on the spectrum of success and failure. Here’s a look at the Raiders’ NFL Draft history in totality, dating all the way back to 1961.

Las Vegas Raiders First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

The Raiders have been successful in the NFL Draft before. They have five first-round picks enshrined in the Hall of Fame, among them Marcus Allen, Tim Brown, and Charles Woodson. Unfortunately, however, most people remember the Raiders’ draft performance for their blunders.

Famously, the Raiders spent their only first overall pick in franchise history on Jamarcus Russell in 2007, who’s regarded as one of the biggest NFL Draft busts of all time. More recently, selections like Alex Leatherwood, Damon Arnette, Henry Ruggs III, Clelin Ferrell, and Johnathan Abram have all been ill-fated.

Even so, the Raiders have several high-quality picks sprinkled in the modern era. Khalil Mack may be a future Hall of Famer, and Amari Cooper is a four-time Pro Bowler.

2024

  • Brock Bowers | Pick 13
    TE, Georgia

2023

  • Tyree Wilson | Pick 7
    EDGE, Texas Tech

2022

The Raiders traded the 22nd pick to the Green Bay Packers.

2021

  • Alex Leatherwood | Pick 17
    OL, Alabama

2020

  • Henry Ruggs III | Pick 12
    WR, Alabama
  • Damon Arnette | Pick 19
    CB, Ohio State

2019

  • Clelin Ferrell | Pick 4
    DE, Clemson
  • Josh Jacobs | Pick 24
    RB, Alabama
  • Johnathan Abram | Pick 27
    S, Mississippi State

2018

  • Kolton Miller | Pick 15
    OT, UCLA

2017

  • Gareon Conley | Pick 24
    CB, Ohio State

2016

  • Karl Joseph | Pick 14
    S, West Virginia

2015

  • Amari Cooper | Pick 4
    WR, Alabama

2014

  • Khalil Mack | Pick 5
    LB, Buffalo

2013

  • D.J. Hayden | Pick 12
    DB, Houston

2012

The Raiders traded the 17th pick to the Cincinnati Bengals.

2011

The Raiders traded the 17th pick to the New England Patriots.

2010

  • Rolando McClain | Pick 8
    LB, Alabama

2009

  • Darrius Heyward-Bey | Pick 7
    WR, Maryland

2008

  • Darren McFadden | Pick 4
    RB, Arkansas

2007

  • JaMarcus Russell | Pick 1
    QB, LSU

2006

  • Michael Huff | Pick 7
    DB, Texas

2005

  • Fabian Washington | Pick 23
    DB, Nebraska

2004

  • Robert Gallery | Pick 2
    OL, Iowa

2003

  • Nnamdi Asomugha | Pick 31
    DB, California
  • Tyler Brayton | Pick 32
    DE, Colorado

2002

  • Phillip Buchanon | Pick 17
    DB, Miami (FL)
  • Napoleon Harris | Pick 23
    LB, Northwestern

2001

  • Derrick Gibson | Pick 28
    DB, Florida State

2000

  • Sebastian Janikowski | Pick 17
    K, Florida State

1999

  • Matt Stinchcomb | Pick 18
    G, Georgia

1998

  • Charles Woodson* | Pick 4
    DB, Michigan
  • Mo Collins | Pick 23
    G, Florida

1997

  • Darrell Russell | Pick 2
    DT, USC

1996

  • Rickey Dudley | Pick 9
    TE, Ohio State

1995

  • Napoleon Kaufman | Pick 18
    RB, Washington

1994

  • Rob Fredrickson | Pick 22
    LB, Michigan State

1993

  • Patrick Bates | Pick 12
    DB, Texas A&M

1992

  • Chester McGlockton | Pick 16
    DT, Clemson

1991

  • Todd Marinovich | Pick 24
    QB, USC

1990

  • Anthony Smith | Pick 11
    DE, Arizona

1989

The Raiders traded the 11th pick to the Chicago Bears.

1988

  • Tim Brown* | Pick 6
    WR, Notre Dame
  • Terry McDaniel | Pick 9
    DB, Tennessee
  • Scott Davis | Pick 25
    DT, Illinois

1987

  • John Clay | Pick 15
    OT, Missouri

1986

  • Bob Buczkowski | Pick 24
    DE, Pittsburgh

1985

  • Jessie Hester | Pick 23
    WR, Florida State

1984

The Raiders traded the 28th pick to the Cincinnati Bengals.

1983

  • Don Mosebar | Pick 26
    C, USC

1982

  • Marcus Allen* | Pick 10
    RB, USC

1981

  • Ted Watts | Pick 21
    DB, Texas Tech
  • Curt Marsh | Pick 23
    G, Washington

1980

  • Marc Wilson | Pick 15
    QB, BYU

1979

The Raiders traded the 19th pick to the Los Angeles Rams.

1978

The Raiders traded the 26th pick to the Green Bay Packers.

1977

The Raiders traded the 28th pick to the Green Bay Packers.

1976

The Raiders traded the 23rd pick to the Green Bay Packers.

1975

  • Neal Colzie | Pick 24
    DB, Ohio State

1974

  • Henry Lawrence | Pick 19
    OT, Florida A&M

1973

  • Ray Guy* | Pick 23
    P, Southern Miss

1972

  • Mike Siani | Pick 21
    WR, Villanova

1971

  • Jack Tatum | Pick 19
    DB, Ohio State

1970

  • Raymond Chester | Pick 24
    TE, Morgan St.

1969

  • Art Thoms | Pick 22
    DT, Syracuse

1968

  • Eldridge Dickey | Pick 25
    WR, Tennessee State

1967

  • Gene Upshaw* | Pick 17
    G, Texas A&M-Kingsville

1966

  • Rodger Bird | Pick 63
    DB, Kentucky

The Raiders deferred their picks in the 1966 draft and made them much later. While technically their first-round selection, Bird was not selected until the 63rd pick. The Raiders’ first pick was actually their second-round selection with pick 57.

1965

  • Harry Schuh | Pick 3
    OT, Memphis

1964

  • Tony Lorick | Pick 7
    RB, Arizona State

1963

The Raiders traded the first pick to the Kansas City Chiefs.

1962

  • Roman Gabriel | Pick 1
    QB, North Carolina State

1961

  • Joe Rutgens | Pick 5
    DT, Illinois

*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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