Time's tickin' away. Now just 67 days until the Raiders regular season opener. To mark the day, we again look at the best to wear that number as well as who's donning it these days. And with it being a number in the 60s, that usually means linemen.
Who wore it best: DT Russell Maryland (1996-99)
The two-time National Champion was the number one overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1991 draft. His rookie season marked the first year of the Cowboys dynasty in the 90s and over his five seasons as the everyday starting defensive tackle in Dallas, they would win three Super Bowls. He himself would be named to the Pro Bowl once in that time (1993).
In four seasons in Oakland, Maryland missed just one start. He was a very solid defensive tackle who put up good tackle numbers every season. He and 1997 second overall pick Darrell Russell complemented each other well. Maryland would stop the run while Russell would rush the passer.
This role seemed to go mostly unnoticed as evidenced by the fact that every season Maryland was with the Raiders his fellow defensive tackle was named to a Pro Bowl. First Chester McGlockton and then Darrell Russell. But as we know, linemen are only as good as the man next to you.
Who's wearing it now: OG Quinterrius Eatmon
As soon as he arrived, he had already won the prize for the most... let's say interesting name. As for a roster spot, that will be much harder to win. The undrafted rookie will have an uphill battle. He is currently working with the second team at left guard behind entrenched starter Gabe Jackson.
What Eatmon has going for him is he can play guard or tackle. If he really impresses in camp, his versatility will be a valuable commodity as a utility reserve. At this point, he seems like a good candidate to take a practice squad spot.