Fourth in a series
The Raiders are scheduled for one selection in the fifth round of this year’s NFL draft, No. 148 overall.
Here’s a ranking of their fifth-round picks since returning to Oakland in 1995:
1. P Shane Lechler, Texas A&M (142-2000): Pro Bowl fixture rates as one of Al Davis’ best all-time draft picks.
2. DT Rod Coleman, East Carolina (153-1999): Three-technique tackle had parlayed 11 sacks in 2002 and 5.5 sacks in 2003 into free agent riches with the Atlanta Falcons, where he became a Pro Bowl player after getting 21.5 sacks in 2004 and 2005. Had 28.5 sacks in five seasons as a Raider.
3. LB Eric Barton, Maryland (146-1999): Started three games as a rookie and 47 of 48 games over his last three seasons with the Raiders before leaving to the New York Jets in free agency.
4. LB Travian Smith, Oklahoma (152-1998): Played seven seasons with the Raiders as a special teams mainstay and also started 16 times as a linebacker, recording 8.5 sacks.
5. WR Doug Gabriel, Central Florida (167-2003): Had 76 catches for 1,206 yards and five touchdowns in four seasons as a Raider. Entered 2006 season as a starter but dealt to New England for a draft pick. Strange. Later returned, but out of the NFL since 2006.
6. DE Jay Richardson, Ohio State (138-2007): Beat out third-round draft pick Quentin Moses and started 22 of 32 games in 2007 and 2008. His role diminished in 2009 and he failed to make the 53-man roster last year, eventually signing with the Seattle Seahawks.
7. CB Walter McFadden, Auburn (138-2010): Looked ready for playing time early in training camp, but progress was slowed by torn hamstring. Surfaced as a nickel back for one forgettable game against Miami, then was inactive rest of the season. Will have chance to compete for nickel back spot this year.
8. DT La’Roi Glover, San Diego State (166-1996): A star in the World League, Glover played in two games for the Raiders in 1996 but failed to make the 53-man roster the following season with Chester McGlockton, Russell Maryland, Jerry Ball and Grady Jackson on the roster. Went on to play in six Pro Bowls, playing for New Orleans, Dallas and St. Louis.
9. DE Kenyon Coleman, UCLA (147-2002): Spent rookie season mostly on inactive list, getting into only one game with the Raiders. Cut the following season, Coleman made the Dallas Cowboys and has fashioned an eight-year career as a solid reserve base end.
10. TE Jeremy Brigham, Washington (127-1998): Caught 33 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns with the Raiders after initially walking out of his first training camp.
11. S Eric Frampton, Washington State (165-2007): Didn’t make Raiders roster out of training cap but was picked up by Detroit and then Minnesota, where he’s played in 48 (no starts) as a special teams player.
12. WR Johnnie Morant, Syracuse (134-2004): Looked the part as a physical specimen but route-running and ball-catching skills were inconsistent. Lasted three seasons and played in 15 games, catching eight passes for 90 yards.
13. S Raymond Perryman, Northern Arizona (158-2001): Didn’t make the 53-man roster and spent some time on Raiders’ practice squad. Played in 10 NFL games with Baltimore and Jacksonville.
14. LB Matt Dyson, Michigan (138-1995): Played in four games for the Raiders as a rookie, making no impact.
15. T Jeff Kysar, Arizona State (154-1995): Didn’t make Raiders roster and never played an NFL game.
NOTABLE FIFTH-ROUND PICKS IN RAIDERS HISTORY
– CB Lester Hayes, No. 126 out of Texas A&M in 1977, was a college linebacker converted to cornerback who became a standout player for two Super Bowl champions and in 1980 had one of the best seasons any defensive back has ever had with 13 interceptions for 273 yards in returns.
– S Derrick Hoskins, No. 128 in 1992 out of Southern Mississippi, was a hard-hitting strong safety who started 38 games for the Raiders between 1992 and 1995.
– TE Derrick Ramsey, No. 136 out of Kentucky in 1978, was a college quarterback converted to tight end who caught 52 passes for 674 yards in 1981. No Raiders tight end would again catch 50 passes in a season until Zach Miller in 2008.
Correction: Was thinking “Ethan Horton” when I was writing about Ramsey. Horton, a converted running back, was the last tight end to catch 50 passes before Zach Miller. Todd Christensen set the receiving standard for Raiders tight ends with 92, 80, 82 and 95 catches from 1983 to 1986. Horton caught 53 passes in 1991, with no Raiders tight end getting 50 again until Miller caught 56 in 2008.
– LB Jeff Barnes, No. 139 out of Cal in 1977, played 11 seasons for the Raiders as a special teams player and reserve linebacker after playing defensive tackle in college.
– TE Bob Moore, No 123 out of Stanford in 1971, was a solid second tight end complementing Dave Casper, catching 91 passes for 981 yards and seven touchdowns with the Raiders from 1971 through 1975,
RANKING RAIDERS’ DRAFTS BY ROUND
Links to previous rankings of Raiders’ drafts by round: