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Al Davis likes shiny things

Posted by Doug on May 8, 2008

My friends Sigmund Bloom and Cecil Lammey from the world's best football podcast are fond of saying that Al Davis likes shiny things. I don't know if it's original to them, but it's catchy.

I don't know why this thought popped into my head, but last night I wondered what team had the most former first-round picks on its roster. So I ran the query, and it provided more evidence of this post's title.

There have been three teams in NFL history with 18 former first-round picks on the roster at some point. Two of those three are Raider teams: 1997 and 2003. Both were 4-12. They're separated by only six years but have almost no overlap. In fact, 39 different former first-round picks played for Oakland in the seven-year span from 1997 to 2003. The average NFL team suited up about 22 different first-round picks during that span.

1997 Raiders

+----------------------+------+
| Aundray Bruce        |    1 |
| Russell Maryland     |    1 |
| Jeff George          |    1 |
| Darrell Russell      |    2 |
| Eric Turner          |    2 |
| Desmond Howard       |    4 |
| David Klingler       |    6 |
| Tim Brown            |    6 |
| Rickey Dudley        |    9 |
| Terry McDaniel       |    9 |
| Lincoln Kennedy      |    9 |
| Pat Harlow           |   11 |
| Anthony Smith        |   11 |
| Chester McGlockton   |   16 |
| Napoleon Kaufman     |   18 |
| Lester Holmes        |   19 |
| Harvey Williams      |   21 |
| Rob Fredrickson      |   22 |

2003 Raiders

+----------------------+------+
| Rick Mirer           |    2 |
| Sean Gilbert         |    3 |
| Charles Woodson      |    4 |
| Tim Brown            |    6 |
| Lincoln Kennedy      |    9 |
| Rod Woodson          |   10 |
| Trace Armstrong      |   12 |
| Jerry Rice           |   16 |
| Tyrone Wheatley      |   17 |
| Phillip Buchanon     |   17 |
| Sebastian Janikowski |   17 |
| Matt Stinchcomb      |   18 |
| Mo Collins           |   23 |
| Napoleon Harris      |   23 |
| Dana Stubblefield    |   26 |
| Derrick Gibson       |   28 |
| Nnamdi Asomugha      |   31 |
| Tyler Brayton        |   32 |

Here is the non-Raider team with 18 first-round picks:

1995 Dolphins

+----------------------+------+
| Steve Emtman         |    1 |
| Irving Fryar         |    1 |
| Terrell Buckley      |    5 |
| Troy Vincent         |    7 |
| Chris Singleton      |    8 |
| Richmond Webb        |    9 |
| Keith Byars          |   10 |
| Eric Moore           |   10 |
| Trace Armstrong      |   12 |
| Marco Coleman        |   12 |
| Dan McGwire          |   16 |
| Tim Bowens           |   20 |
| Eric Green           |   21 |
| Randal Hill          |   23 |
| Louis Oliver         |   25 |
| O.J. McDuffie        |   25 |
| Billy Milner         |   25 |
| Dan Marino           |   27 |

And the fourth-place team: the 2007 Bucs

+----------------------+------+
| Gaines Adams         |    4 |
| Cadillac Williams    |    5 |
| Ryan Sims            |    6 |
| Kevin Carter         |    6 |
| Ike Hilliard         |    7 |
| Joey Galloway        |    8 |
| Michael Clayton      |   15 |
| Phillip Buchanon     |   17 |
| Luke Petitgout       |   19 |
| Davin Joseph         |   23 |
| Chris Hovan          |   25 |
| Michael Bennett      |   27 |
| Anthony Becht        |   27 |
| Derrick Brooks       |   28 |
| Jerramy Stevens      |   28 |
| Sammy Davis          |   30 |

Since 1980, there have been eight teams with only three former first-rounders. The most recent of these were the Texans in the first two years of their existence, and the 2001 Dolphins.