Dan Conners, Matt Millen, Greg Biekert
Dan Conners was the first draft pick Al Davis ever signed, and if you were playing an all-time 4-3 defense, he would likely be the starting middle linebacker for the Raiders. A devastating hard hitter, Conners’ three Pro Bowl selections are the most of any Raiders middle linebacker in history, and he certainly has done enough to earn his spot on our all-time 53-man roster.
In addition to Conners, two other middle linebackers would have to be included if we are filling out a 53-man roster. Drafted in the second round out of Penn State back in 1980, Matt Millen quickly established himself as the leader on some very good Raiders defenses.
A two-time Super Bowl champion with the Raiders, Millen made his only Pro Bowl of his career in his last season in the Silver and Black in 1988, and was a back-to-back All-Pro in 1984 and 1985. After retiring, Millen went on to be an executive with the Detroit Lions, and we know he is dealing with some health issues now, so Raider Nation sends him our best.
In the seventh round of the 1993 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected Greg Biekert out of Colorado. Years later, he would be involved in one of the most controversial plays in Raiders history, as he was the one who fell on Tom Brady‘s fumble in the 2001 AFC Divisional Round Game referred to as the “Tuck Rule Game.”
Outside of that moment in time, Biekert actually enjoyed quite a run as one of the main stoppers for the Raiders during his time with the team. He led the team in tackles six times, and finished his Raiders career with over 700 tackles in nine seasons.