The Raiders have had a long history of drafting bad players, most of it due to Al Davis drafting his type of player, which are the biggest, strongest and fastest, rather than drafting the best player in the draft.
So I have decided to look at the past first round selections by the Raiders since 1991 and saw what other players were available for the Raiders to pick that are future Hall of Famers and could have potentially won the Raiders several Super Bowls.
1991. Pick 23 - QB Brett Favre
The Raiders needed a quarterback at that time, so why not draft a player that Al Davis would have loved to have on his team? Brett Favre. A player with a rocket arm and would have fit perfectly in the Raiders' vertical offense. It would been a much better option than the bust out of USC, Todd Marinovich.
1992. Pick 16 - S Darren Woodson
The Raiders drafted DT Chester McGlockton, who was actually a great player, ended up being a 4x Pro Bowler. But Darren Woodson was just a better player, a 5x Pro Bowler and a great leader.
1993. Pick 12 - DE Michael Strahan
Who wouldn't want a player who had 141.5 sacks in his career and a 23 sacks season? The Raiders need a player who could go after the quarterback and Strahan was the perfect guy to do it.
1994. Pick 22 - OG Larry Allen
Larry Allen was a 6'3 guard who was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and is now a Hall of Famer. A no-brainer.
1995. Pick 18 - OLB Derrick Brooks
The Raiders needed help at the linebacker position, and the 11x Pro Bowler 4-3 Outside Linebacker Derrick Brooks would have been a perfect pick.
1996. Pick 9 - MLB Ray Lewis
Remember when I said the Raiders needed linebacker help? Would drafting the best linebacker of all time help with that? Yes.
1997. Pick 2 - TE Tony Gonzalez
This is yet another amazing player that the Raiders missed, arguably the best tight end of all time.
1998. Pick 23 - OG Alan Faneca
Faneca is a 9x All-Pro player and the Raiders needed more O-Line help, perfect fit. And the great thing about this draft is that the Raiders drafted Charles Woodson, who turned to be a future Hall of Famer.
1999. Pick 18 - OLB Joey Porter
With a stacked team with Favre, Lewis, Brooks, Gonzalez and etc., you can just start filling in holes, and why not pair the 4x Pro Bowler Joey Porter with Ray Lewis and Derrick Brooks? Not a bad linebacker core.
2000. Pick 17 - RB Shaun Alexander
The Raiders need a running back, so why not draft a future MVP?
2001. Pick 28 - OT Matt Light
Like I said, when you have a stacked team, you start to fill in holes. So, the Raiders needed a tackle, so why not draft a 3x Pro Bowler Matt Light, who has been consistent his whole career.
2002. Pick 23 - S Ed Reed
Who wouldn't want a 9x Pro Bowl safety who has 61 career interceptions? A complete ball-hawk, that would be perfect fit in the back field with Charles Woodson and Darren Woodson.
2003. Pick 32 - DE Osi Umenyiora
The Raiders had 2 first rounders in this draft, one was used on the shut-down corner Nnamdi Asomugha and the other on defensive end Tyler Brayton. If they needed a DE, why not draft Osi Umenyiora? Who has 75 career sacks.
2004. Pick 2 - WR Larry Fitzgerald
With Jerry Rice and Tim Brown both leaving Oakland, it would have made perfect sense to draft Larry Fitzgerald, a 7x Pro Bowler. And could you imagine how good Fitzgerald would have been if he had a quarterback like Brett Favre passing to him?
2005. Pick 23 - WR Roddy White
The Raiders would have needed another receiver to pair with Fitzgerald, so why not a great vertical receiver like Roddy White?
2006. Pick 7 - DT Haloti Ngata
Haloti Ngata is probably the best NT in the league, anchoring the Ravens defensive line. But he will still be as good as a DT in a 4-3 defense.
2007. Pick 1 - CB Darrelle Revis
The 2007 draft is the one that the Raider Nation probably hates the most, obviously because of JaMarcus Russell. Well, since the Raiders would have had a QB if they drafted Brett Favre in 1991, how does pairing the 2 best man-to-man corners in the league sound? Could you imagine if the Raider has Nnamdi Asomugha and Darrelle Revis covering opposing receivers? Probably would have been one of the best CB tandem of all time.
2008. Pick 4 - RB Chris Johnson
With Shaun Alexander gone, the Raiders would have need a running back. Sure, Darren McFadden would have been available but he is just too injury-prone and Chris Johnson has ran for over 2000 yards in a season.
2009. Pick 7 - DT B.J. Raji
If the pairing of Asomugha & Revis made you dream, wait till you hear the pairing of the 2 best nose tackles in the league. B.J. Raji & Haloti Ngata, side by side as defensive tackles in a 4-3 base defense.
2010. Pick 10 - DE Jason Pierre-Paul
With Michael Strahan gone, Raiders would have need another great pass rusher, and why not Jason Pierre-Paul? And smany experts actually had him going to the Raider in their mock drafts.
2011. Pick 17 - QB Colin Kaepernick
With Brett Favre FINALLY retiring, the Raiders would have a HUGE hole to fill, so why not draft a quarterback who has the same rocket arm as Favre does? And a quarterback who eventually set a single-game rushing record by a quarterback?
2012. Pick 17 - OLB Bobby Wagner
Though Bobby Wagner played the middle linebacker position, he is more than capable of doing it, and with Derrick Brooks retiring, he has to.
2013. Pick 13 - MLB Manti Te'o
Ray Lewis, gone. So, the Raider clearly need a linebacker, so it makes sense to draft the Heisman Trophy candidate Te'o. Even though the fake girlfriend hoax may have dropped his stock but I see it as a player with something to prove.
Now, the picks can't be accurate because the Raiders can't constantly be getting high picks when they have such great players.