Best pash rushers in Las Vegas Raiders history: 14. Bill Pickel
Without question, Bill Pickel is the best name on this ranking. I mean come on, how can you not love it? However, Pickel’s surname is not the reason behind his ranking among the greatest pass rushers in Raiders history.
When it comes to Pickel, there really wasn’t much he couldn’t do on the defensive line. His versatility was a vital factor in the team’s success. It was a huge reason why the Raiders won the Super Bowl in his rookie campaign in 1983.
Drafted in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft, Pickel would go on to play in every game for the Silver in Black en route to the Super Bowl. Out of Rutgers, he became a mainstay on the Raiders defensive line for eight years.
In his eight seasons with the Raiders, Pickel tallied 53 sacks and 453 total tackles. Now, he was listed as a nose tackle, but could play anywhere on the line due to his 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame. While great at stuffing the run, Pickel also served as a sack threat and drew double teams often.
In seven playoff games with the Raiders, Pickel had two sacks, both in the Super Bowl winning 1983 postseason. Pickel ranks fourth all-time in sacks for the Raiders, so one could argue that he belongs higher on this list. The margins that separate these players are very slight, but that should not discredit the fact that he had an incredible career that was spent mostly with the Raiders.