There are 96 days until the start of the 2019 NFL season for the Oakland Raiders, and we take a look at those players who wore No. 96 in the Silver and Black.
The Oakland Raiders now officially have less than 100 days before kicking off their 2019 season, where they will look to become a contender in the AFC West. The combination of Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden brought in a ton of talent this offseason, and with 96 days left before Week 1, we continue our jersey number countdown.
We continue our countdown with jersey No. 96.
Who wears No. 96 now?
The man currently wearing the No. 96 jersey for the Oakland Raiders is a guy you better get used to seeing wear it for the foreseeable future. That man is 2019 No. 4 overall draft pick Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson, who will step in and be expected to be a solid a member of this defense as a rookie this Fall.
Ferrell comes to the Raiders after winning two national championships with the Tigers, and brings a winning attitude to the organization. He is a guy who could end up being a double-digit sack man at the NFL level, and the Raiders certainly need that kind of production after struggling so much in that department last season.
Who wore No. 96 in the past?
Malcolm Taylor (1987-88)
After starting his career as a fifth round draft pick of the Houston Oilers, Malcolm Taylor came to the Raiders for the 1987 season. He spent two years with the team appearing in 28, while serving as the first man to wear the No. 96 in the Silver and Black.
Ron Brown (1987)
Ron Brown played two seasons with the Raiders, his only two in the NFL. He wore No. 96 in 1987 for three games, before changing to No. 64 for the 1988 season, where he appeared in all 16 games in his final season in the pros.
Alberto White (1994)
A tenth round selection of the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1992 NFL Draft, Alberto White played only one season with the franchise. In 1994, White appeared in eight games, getting to the quarterback twice.
Paul Butcher (1996)
Paul Butcher finished up his 11-year NFL career in the Silver and Black, playing for the Raiders on their 1996 team. He appeared in all 16 games, notching one fumble recovery before retiring at 33-years old.
Darrell Russell (1997-2001)
Darrell Russell had all the talent in the world, as he was the Raiders No. 2 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, and then went to be named to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999. However, he had issues with drugs during his NFL career, and was never as good after the 1999 season. Sadly, Russell died in a car accident at age 29.
Grant Irons (2003-2006)
Grant Irons played the last three seasons of his NFL career with the Raiders, serving as a reserve along the defensive line. In 2005, Irons tied a career-high with 15 games played, while making one start.
William Joseph (2008)
A first-round pick of the New York Giants in 2003, William Joseph finished out his career in Oakland, where he spent the 2008 and 2009 season. It was only in 2008 that he wore the No. 96, and in his two seasons, he was a reserve along the defensive line, appearing in only 14 games.
Kamerion Wimbley (2010-2011)
Coming out of Florida State, Kamerion Wimbley was a first round pick of the Cleveland Browns, who traded him to the Oakland Raiders for a third round pick prior to the 2010 season. For Oakland, Wimbley would be a full-time starter, starting all 32 of his games in the Silver and Black, racking up 16 sacks.
Christo Bilukidi (2012-2013)
A sixth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders during the 2012 NFL Draft, Christo Bilukidi spent two years in the Silver and Black. He appeared in 18 games over that span, before finishing up his career in Baltimore.
Denico Autry (2014-2017)
After a four-year stint with the Oakland Raiders, who signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State, Denico Autry spent the 2018 season with the Indianapolis Colts. With the Colts, Autry had his best season as a pro, racking up nine sacks in 12 games.
Kony Ealy (2018-2019)
Kony Ealy took over the No. 96 from Tank Carradine, who was released by the Raiders a month earlier during the 2018 NFL season. He appeared in three games.
Tank Carradine (2018)
Tank Carradine played one season for the Raiders, appearing in one game during the 2018 campaign. The Raiders released him when he requested it due to a lack of playing time.