Oakland Raiders 2010s All-Decade Team: Defense and Specialists

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Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
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Defensive Line

EDGE: Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack played for four seasons with the Raiders, becoming arguably the best player in the NFL at that time. Despite a slow rookie season in 2014, Mack recorded double-digit sacks in 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as a career-high 15 sacks in 2015.

Mack was selected to the pro bowl in 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as being named to first-team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016. Incredibly, Mack was a First-Team All-Pro at two different positions during that 2015 season, and would go on to be named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year the next season.

DT: Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour played for the Raiders from 2009 to 2012, being named to the Pro Bowl in two of those seasons. Seymour played both defensive end and defensive tackle for the team, and although the Raiders had little success in this time, Seymour was one of the few bright spots on the team.

Seymour recorded 18.5 sacks in his time as a Raider, being one of the few good pass rushers the Raiders have had in this decade. He may not have had his best years in the Silver and Black, but he made his mark, especially when he punched Ben Roethlisberger during the 2010 NFL season.

DT: Tommy Kelly

Tommy Kelly was a part of the Raiders for a long time, playing for the team from 2004 to 2012. In the few seasons that Kelly played for the Raiders in this decade, he played his best football, and earned his spot on our All-Decade team.

In 2010, Kelly recorded seven sacks as a defensive tackle, as well as seven and a half in 2011. Kelly may be one of the most underrated Raiders of this decade, getting to the quarterback as well as any other player the team has had in recent memory.

EDGE: Lamarr Houston

The Raiders have not had many good pass rushers this decade, so Lamarr Houston is going to have to do here. Houston played for the Raiders from 2010 to 2013, recording 16.5 sacks in that time, and was the heart and soul of some of those early 2010s Raiders football teams.

Houston had his best season with the Raiders in his final year there in 2013, recording six sacks and forced two fumbles before leaving for the Chicago Bears in 2014. An instant starter as a rookie, Houston played on some pretty bad Raiders teams, but started all but four games during his time in the Silver and Black, while missing zero games.