Tight End Raymond Chester
The Oakland Raiders 2016 season officially came to a close Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium, as the Silver and Black fell to the Houston Texans 27-14 in the Wild Card round of the playoff.
Head Coach Jack Del Rio held his final press conference of the season Sunday, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the offseason, and the draft in particular.
Following the team’s 12-4 regular season, and subsequent elimination in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the Silver and Black are now slated to pick No. 24 overall in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft which will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia.
The 24th overall pick is the latest pick the Raiders have had in the first round since 2003, when the Silver and Black selected cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha No. 31 overall.
The Raiders have selected No. 24 four times in the organization’s history, with the most-recent selection being quarterback Todd Marinovich in 1991.
The other three players the Silver and Black took at No. 24 are tight end Raymond Chester (1970), defensive back Neal Colzie (1975), and defensive end Bob Buczkowski (1986).
Other notable players who have been selected 24th overall, are Dez Bryant (2010), Chris Johnson (2008), Ed Reed (2002), and Aaron Rodgers (2005).
The Cincinnati Bengals selected No. 24 overall in last year’s draft, and picked Houston cornerback William Jackson III.
The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft beings Thursday, April 27. Coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. PT.