Las Vegas Raiders: 15 best pass rushers of all-time

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Tommy Kelly, Raiders
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Best pash rushers in Las Vegas Raiders history: 10. Tommy Kelly

A personal favorite of mine, Tommy Kelly takes the first spot in the top-10 for a couple of reasons. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2004, Kelly would spend the next nine seasons with the Raiders.

A diamond in the rough so to speak, Kelly became a pivotal piece in the Raiders defense for the better part of a decade. Despite the team being atrocious during his stay, Kelly found a way to produce and put together a nice career with the Silver and Black.

Out of Mississippi State, Kelly was a hybrid lineman, meaning he could play either on the edge or on the interior as a defensive tackle. At 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, Kelly was a massive being with a high motor. Luckily for the Raiders, his potential went unnoticed, as he was not drafted and fell right into the Raiders’ lap.

In 129 games with the Raiders, Kelly earned 117 starts. Kelly finished his stint with the Raiders with 34.5 sacks, 419 tackles with 45 of them for a loss and 58 quarterback hits.

Kelly was able to get after the quarterback, regardless of where he lined up on the defensive line. He also had a miraculous 17 passes defended, showing he was smart enough to throw his hands up when he couldn’t reach the quarterback.

Kelly was a solid player on many bad teams. It is a shame he never got to play in the postseason for the Raiders. His lone playoff appearance was with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, where they lost to the Carolina Panthers in their first postseason game.