Moving right along in our countdown we hit number 91, putting us at exactly 13 weeks until the Raiders’ season opener in Tennessee.
LB Shilique Calhoun
Entering his second season, Calhoun will look to rebound from a rough rookie season. The former third round was productive at Michigan State, but that productivity didn’t continue in the pros. The Raiders moved him from defensive end to linebacker and the transition was a difficult one. He put up just5 tackles all season with no sacks.
The 6-5, 252-pounder was too small to stop the run and too big and inexperienced in coverage. He’s purportedly packed on some weight this offseason which would suggest a shift back to playing more with his hand in the dirt. Bulking up could help keep him from getting driven off the line as often when defending the run. He would also presumably get more pass rushing attempts in that position.
In OTA’s, which just wrapped up this week, Calhoun has been running with the second team behind Khalil Mack.
Who wore it best: DT Chester McGlockton (1992-97)
This massive defensive tackle was chosen by the Raiders in the first round (16 overall) of the 1992 draft. He spent six seasons with the Raiders, starting every game for his final five seasons. In that time, he averaged over 9 sacks a season, went to four Pro Bowls, and was named All Pro once.
He left Oakland in 1998 and bounce to two division rivals in Kansas City and Denver over the next five seasons, finishing with a season with the Jets. He had a 12-year NFL career but never again saw the kind of success he had with the Raiders.
He retired from football in 2003. In 2010 McGlockton accepting a defensive assistant position at Stanford under David Shaw and a year later would pass away of an enlarged heart.