By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:42 am in Oakland Raiders.
Sixth in a series
The Raiders are scheduled for two selections in the seventh round of this year’s NFL draft, Nos. 218 and 240.
Here’s a ranking of their seventh-round picks since returning to Oakland in 1995:
1. QB Ronald Curry, North Carolina (234-2002): Virginia high school legend and Tar Heels’ quarterback and point guard became a receiver in Oakland and helped hasten the departures of Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. Caught 193 passes for 2,347 yards and 13 touchdowns and made two remarkable come backs from Achilles’ tears.
2. WR Chaz Schilens, San Diego State (226-2008): A broken foot and subsequent surgeries have slowed his progress, but when healthy enough to play, Schilens is a gifted, tall, athletic wide receiver _ the most reliable on the roster and that includes 2009 top pick Darrius Heyward-Bey and fourth-round pick Louis Murphy.
3. TE Courtney Anderson, San Jose State (245-2004): Played in 29 games for the Raiders over three seasons, started three of them, and caught 62 passes for 763 yards and six touchdowns. Despite obvious physical gifts, vanished from the league after short stints in Atlanta and Detroit after being cut by Raiders following 2006 season.
4. S Stevie Brown, Michigan (251-2010): A safety and linebacker in college, Brown showed a nose for the ball as a safety during training camp, was initially cut from the roster, but was brought back and played 15 games with one start and two passes defensed. Could compete for starting job with Hiram Eugene if Michael Huff departs as a free agent.
5. CB Jeremy Ware, Michigan State (215-2010): An physical, aggressive corner who had an interception in a 23-20 win over Kansas City but was inactive for the last four games of the season. Will compete with Walter McFadden and any newcomers for playing time along with Stanford Routt, Chris Johnson and Walter MccFadden, assuming Nnamdi Asomugha moves on in free agency.
6. WR Jonathan Holland, Louisiana Tech (254-2007): Has gone from receiver to defensive back and back to receiver and been on both the practice squad and 53-man roster. Returned 28 kickoffs in 2009 for a 19.6 average.
7. TE Mondriel Fulcher, Miami (227-2000):Played in 25 games in three seasons with one start and no stats.
Others: DE Andre Sommersell, Colorado State (235-2004); DB Siddeeq Shabazz, New Mexico State (246-2003); WR Ryan Hoag, Gustavus Adolphus (262-2003); DB Derek Combs, Ohio State (228-2001); WR Ken-Yon Rambo, Ohio State (229-2001); S Clifton Black, South Texas State (221-2000); LB JoJuan Armour, Miami-Ohio (224-1999); DE Vince Amey, Arizona State (230-1998); DE David Sanders, Arkansas (235-1998); C Darius Smith, Sam Houston State (224-1996); G Joey Wylie, Stephen F. Austin State (248-1996).
NOTABLE SEVENTH-ROUND (OR LATER) PICKS IN RAIDERS HISTORY
Note: The NFL and AFL combined drafts in 1977 and was 17 rounds from 1967 through 1976. It was shortened to 12 rounds from 1977 through 1992, 8 rounds in 1993 and has been 7 round since 1994.
– LB Greg Biekert, Colorado (7-181-1993) earned instant respect as a rookie with a one-punch, weight-room KO of defensive end Scott Davis and had distinguished nine-year career with Raiders including 123 starts. Elected to move on rather than be moved aside for Napoleon Harris in 2002. Returned as assistant linebackers coach last season and elevated to linebackers coach for 2011.
– TE Andrew Glover, Grambling State (10-274-1991) had a college basketball background in college and played in 93 games with 30 starts over six seasons with the Raiders, catching 92 passes for 970 yards and 11 touchdowns.
– RB Bo Jackson, Auburn (7-183-1987) was selected to gain his rights even though he was playing baseball with the Kansas City Royals organization. The former Heisman Trophy winner gained 2,7282 yards in 38 games as a “part-time” football player with 16 touchdowns, including a 950-yard season in 1989 in 11 games. May be the most beloved Raider who never played for a championship team by Al Davis. Career ended with a hip injury in playoffs in 1990.
– OT Bruce Davis, UCLA (11-294-1979) had 76 starts in 212 games from 1979 into 1987 for Raiders. Started all 16 games for Raiders’ last Super Bowl champion in 1983. His son of the same name was a Raiders’ reserve linebacker in 2010.
– NT Reggie Kinlaw, Oklahoma (12-320-1979) was an extremely underrated but vital part of the Raiders’ last two Super Bowl champions, starting 13 games in 1980 and all 16 in 1983. Kinlaw was an undersized nose tackle at 245 pounds who handled the middle with quickness and surprising strength and allowed the linemen around him to flourish.
– LB Rod Martin, USC (12-317-1977) played in 165 games with 147 starts from 199 through 1988 as a right outside linebacker. Had four career interceptions, but three in the Raiders Super Bowl win over Philadelphia following the 1980 season, earning him MVP honors. Named to two Pro Bowls.
– CB Skip Thomas, USC (7-176-1972) played cornerback like a linebacker opposite Willie Brown and played in 82 games with 43 starts from 1972 through 1977. Had six interceptions in both 1974 and 1975. Nicknamed “Dr. Death.”
– DE Horace Jones, Louisville (12-305-1971) started 59 games of 71 from 1971 through 1975 including 12 as an unheralded rookie.
– CB George Atkinson, Morris Brown (7-190-1968) played in 144 games with 112 starts, returning punts and kickoffs in the early parts of his career. Atkinson moved to strong safety from left cornerback in his third season and made up for his lack of size with aggression.
– RB Marv Hubbard, Colgate (11-277-1968) is the Raiders’ fifth-leading rusher of all-time with 4,394 yards and touchdowns. A tackle-breaking power runner, Hubbard averaged a remarkable 4.8 yards per carry and had a career-best 1,100 yards in 1972 in 219 carries. A fan favorite because of his running style and his hatred for the arch-rival Kansas City Chiefs.
RANKING RAIDERS’ DRAFTS BY ROUND
Links to previous rankings of Raiders’ drafts by round: