We now hit number 74 which means we enter the second quarter of our countdown. Time's just flying by, right? Ok, whatever, just enjoy the triple digit temps of the summer and hush.
Who wore it best: DT Tom Keating (1966-72)
He joined the Raiders after two seasons in Buffalo. Upon arrival to the Raiders, he immediately was named an AFL All Star. In his second season, he was All AFL. That season he helped the Raiders take the AFL crown and reach Super Bowl II.
In total Keating played seven seasons in Oakland. He lined up alongside Big Ben Davidson with the two of them wreaking havoc along the right side. That line, which also featured Dan Birdwell and Ike Lassiter, led the league with fewest rushing yards allowed and fewest yards per carry allowed. The Raiders had some legendary defensive line play in the seventies but it began with Keating, Davidson, and co.
Who's wearing it now: OG Mitch Bell
An undrafted free agent rookie out of Louisiana Tech. He has been primarily a third team at left guard. At 6-3, 347 pounds he is the heaviest listed player on the Raiders roster. Gabe Jackson is the entrenched starting left guard and his backup is likely to be someone who can play multiple positions. Bell lacks versatility to line up at tackle or center which also means he has to make a considerable impression to break onto the roster.