Las Vegas Raiders: 15 greatest offensive linemen in franchise history

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Mickey Marvin, Raiders
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12. player. 28. . RG. (1977-87). Mickey Marvin

Best offensive lineman in Raiders history: 12. Mickey Marvin

Few players in franchise history have had a death grip on a position quite like Mickey Marvin had on the right guard position. Drafted in the fourth round of the 1977 NFL Draft, Marvin would go on to play in 120 games for the Raiders, both in Oakland and in Los Angeles.

Thrust into a starting role after his rookie season, Marvin would hold that position until 1986. Although he played in the 1987 NFL season, Marvin retired after not being able to start anymore.

Marvin never earned Pro Bowl or All Pro honors, but his work in the trenches helped the Raiders to two Super Bowl victories. A two-time champion, Marvin deserves recognition for his steady play in the middle of the Raiders’ offensive line.

Alongside Gene Upshaw and Dave Dalby, the middle three of the Raiders’ offensive line in the 1980s was a menace. Marvin, at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, was a major factor in the Raiders’ dominant running game. He could explode to the second level and shed linebackers like nothing, exposing huge holes for Kenny King and Marcus Allen to accelerate through.

Marvin was a stalwart for the Silver and Black, starting 108 of the 120 games he played for the Raiders. He was not a world beater, but he was consistent. He did what he needed to do day in and day out. For that reason, he does not jump into the top 10, but he does find himself among the 15 best offensive linemen in franchise history.