By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, April 17th, 2011 at 12:54 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Fifth in a series
The Raiders are scheduled for one selection in the sixth round of this year’s NFL draft, No. 181 overall.
Here’s a ranking of their sixth-round picks since returning to Oakland in 1995:
1. DT Grady Jackson, Knoxville (193-1997): Started 41 games in 2000 and 2001 for an AFC West champion before leaving in free agency. Played 185 games in 13 seasons.
2. DE Trevor Scott, Buffalo (169-2008): Converted from tight end to defensive end in college, Scott has 13.5 sacks in 42 games, having his 2010 season cut short by ACL surgery.
3. DE Chris Cooper, Nebraska-Omaha (184-2001): Nicknamed “Baby Howie” because he wore No. 75, played the defensive line and bore some resemblance to Howie Long, Cooper had a career-high nine starts with 2.5 sacks with the Raiders in 2003. Played seven seasons for Raiders, Cowboys, 49ers, Seahawks and Cardinals. Tried to catch on with Raiders last year but didn’t make it out of training camp.
4. LB Travis Goethel, Arizona State (190-2010): Scheduled to be the surprise starter at weak side linebacker last year, Goethel missed half the season with back surgery but will compete to start at that position again this year.
5. CB Calvin Branch, Colorado State (172-1997): A reserve defensive back and special teams player, Branch played in 54 games with the Raiders from 1997 through 2000, then came back five years later to play in six games in 2005. He is now a member of the team’s scouting staff.
6. TE Brandon Myers, Iowa (202-2010): Currently the Raiders backup tight end to Zach Miller, Myers has 16 receptions for 99 yards and no touchdowns in 26 games with five starts. Had key special teams strip and recovery on kickoff return in 2009 win over Cincinnati.
7. G Kevin Boothe, Cornell (214-2006): Started 14 games as an Ivy League rookie for the horrendous 2006 Raiders, but was cut the following year because he didn’t fit into Tom Cable’s zone blocking system. Boothe has been a reserve lineman for the New York Giants for the last four seasons. He started five games last year.
8. FB Oren O’Neal, Arkansas State (175-2007): Promising career as a lead blocker ended with a devastating knee injury in the 2008 preseason finale. Cut after four games of the 2009 season.
9. OT Eli Herring, BYU (190-1995): Considered a potential first-day pick, Herring let it be known he wasn’t interested in playing professional football because of his religious beliefs in terms of playing on Sundays. Raiders took him anyway. He never came back, but one it was a worthwhile gamble considering his talent.
Others: DT Antaj Hawthorne, Wisconsin (175-2005); LB Ryan Riddle, Cal (212-2005); OT Pete McMahon, Iowa (214-2005); DE Shawn Johnson, Delaware (166-2004); LB Cody Spencer, North Texas State (182-2004); OL Dustin Rykert, BYU (204-2003); DB Keyon Nash, Albany State (189-2002); RB Larry Ned, San Diego State (197-2002); DL Darren Yancey, BYU (188-1999); RB Tim Hall, Robert Morris (183-1996).
NOTABLE SIXTH-ROUND PICKS IN RAIDERS HISTORY
– DT Nolan Harrison, taken at No. 146 out of Indiana in 1991, played in 82 games with the Raiders from 1991 through 1996 with 55 starts and 13.5 sacks.
– S Stacey Toran, taken at No. 168 out of Notre Dame in 1984, was an emerging star as a starting strong safety who was killed in a single-vehicle drunken driving accident near his home in Marina Del Rey
RANKING RAIDERS’ DRAFTS BY ROUND
Links to previous rankings of Raiders’ drafts by round: