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Raiders All-Name Team


Since the common draft was adopted in 1967, the Raiders have selected 507 players from 189 schools. Some turned into Hall of Famers, some materialized into quality role players, but at some point each heard their name called out as the newest member of the Silver and Black.

And some of those players, they had pretty outstanding names.

From Carleton Oats to "Swervin' Mervyn" Fernandez, the Silver and Black have boasted their fair share of players with Super Bowl-caliber names.

With the 2016 NFL Draft nearly here, we're looking back at some of the best names in Raiders' draft history.


Carleton Oats, DE, Florida A&M – 1967, 21st Round (No. 167 overall)

After his career at Florida A&M, Oats joined the Silver and Black, appearing in 103 games with 48 starts during his eight seasons as a Raider.


Eldridge Dickey, QB, Tennessee St. – 1968, 1st Round (No. 25 overall)

Drafted as a quarterback, Dickey appeared in 18 games for the Raiders as a wide receiver. During his brief two-year career, he caught five passes for 112 yards and one touchdown.


Dave Casper, TE, Notre Dame – 1974, 2nd Round (No. 45 overall)

"The Ghost," was involved in one of the most iconic plays in franchise history – the aptly-named Ghost To The Post.

In total, Casper appeared in 99 games for the Silver and Black, catching 255 passes for 3,294 yards and 35 touchdowns.


Jack Squirek, LB, Illinois – 1982, 2nd Round (No. 35 overall)

With a name like Jack Squirek, you almost have to be a linebacker, right?

Squirek spent four seasons with the Raiders, totaling three total sacks and forcing three fumbles as well.


Dokie Williams, WR, UCLA – 1983, 5th Round (No. 138 overall)

Williams spent his entire five-year career in Silver and Black, appearing in 74 games, accounting for 25 touchdowns in the process.


Mervyn Fernandez, WR, San Jose State – 1983, 10th Round (No. 277 overall)

"Swervin' Mervyn," – outside of having a tremendous name – was a pretty decent wide receiver during his time as a Raider.

He appeared in 50 games, catching 209 passes for 3,764 yards and 19 touchdowns.


Bob Buczkowski, DE, Pittsburgh – 1986, 1st Round (No. 24 overall)

The first round selection for the Raiders in the 1986 NFL Draft only appeared in two games for the Silver and Black before spending time with both the Phoenix Cardinals and Cleveland Browns.


Erwin Grabisna, LB, Case W. Reserve – 1988, 6th Round (No.143 overall)

Although he never appeared in a game for the Raiders, the linebacker from Case Western Reserve still has one of the best draft names in franchise history.


Torin Dorn, CB, North Carolina – 1990, 4th Round (No. 95 overall)

In addition to having a name that sounds like that of a Scandinavian warrior, Dorn played in 83 games for the Silver and Black, notching three interceptions in the process.


Roosevelt Patterson, G, Alabama – 1994, 5th Round (No. 159 overall)

Patterson's career in the NFL never really got off the ground, but did he did spend time in Canada playing in the CFL.

However, some run-ins with the law landed him behind bars, but now that he's been released, he spends his time serving as a mentor for the youth in his native state of Alabama.


Napoleon Kaufman, RB, Washington – 1995, 1st Round (No. 18 overall)

Before he was a pastor, Kaufman was a bruising running back for the Silver and Black.

He totaled 4,792 rushing yards during his career in Oakland – including a 1,294-yard effort in 1997.


Gennaro DiNapoli, G, Virginia Tech – 1998, 4th Round (No. 109 overall)

While future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson was the unquestioned star of the 1998 draft class – DiNapoli definitely had the best name called out on draft day.


Sebastian Janikowski, K, Florida State –2000, 1st Round (No. 17 overall)

When the Raiders selected the "Polish Cannon" in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, the selection raised some eyebrows, but things have definitely worked out for the fan favorite as he now owns the franchise record for total games played.


Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, Washington –2001, 2nd Round (No. 59 overall)

Tuiasosopo is now the quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator for the UCLA Bruins, but before he took up coaching he was a quarterback who spent much of six seasons with the Silver and Black.


Ken-Yon Rambo, WR, Ohio State –2001, 7th Round (No. 229 overall)

No relation to John, Ken-Yon never appeared in a game for the Raiders, but did play in 29 games for the Dallas Cowboys.


Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, California – 2003 1st Round (No. 31 overall)

One of the best names in franchise history gave then-Commissioner Paul Tagliabue more than a little bit of trouble on draft day when he attempted to announce the pick on stage at the 2003 NFL Draft.


Siddeeq Shabazz, S, New Mexico State – 2003, 7th Round (No. 246 overall)

Shabazz only appeared in four games during his career for the Raiders, but after he departed the Bay Area he spent time with both the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.


Stryker Sulak, DE, Missouri – 2009 6th Round (No. 199 overall)

Sulak never played a snap for the Raiders.

I wonder if having a name that sounds like the antagonist in a Karate Kid movie hurt his cause?

Some of the best names in Raiders Draft history.

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