The season is getting so close you can taste it. We are now less than a week from the first preseason action and 36 days from the season opener. And with that we look at the best to sport the number 36 in Silver & Black.
Who wore it best: CB Terry McDaniel (1988-97)
Selected by the Raiders at ninth overall in the 1988 draft, just three picks after they had selected Tim Brown who is to be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. McDaniel had a fine career in his own rite. He played ten seasons with the Raiders, nine of which he was the fulltime starting corner. He made five straight Pro Bowls from 1992 to 1996, averaging over 5 interceptions per season during those years. He finished with 34 interceptions as a Raider which ranks third in team history. McDaniel took over as the starter in 1989 for Hall of Famer Mike Haynes, and in 1998 passed to torch to future Hall of Famer, Charles Woodson. Quite a stretch of fine cornerback play for the Raiders.
Who's wearing it now: CB Ras-I Dowling
This former second round pick (33rd overall) never caught on with the Patriots who drafted him. The Jets then signed him and he couldn't catch on there either. The Raiders brought in this 6-1, 198-pound corner to see if perhaps he could find the potential that had him drafted just outside the first round. He spent most of last season on the practice squad and was called up to appear in three games. He is now back for training camp trying again to land a roster spot. As part of an overall young group, he is on the right team to get his shot. Though he still have a hill to climb to do it.