1971 – Pick 19: Jack Tatum, DB, Ohio State
In case anyone has forgotten, the Raiders were a damn good team in the 1970s and 80s and a pick like Jack Tatum was one of the reasons why. The Raiders selected the Ohio State DB with the 19th pick and it was one of the best decisions Al Davis ever made.
Tatum started every game he played for the Raiders, 120 over 9 seasons, and became one of the most feared hitters in the NFL which earned him the nickname “The Assassin”. Though he was known for his physicality, Tatum was also a ball hawk in the secondary and racked up an incredible 37 interceptions over his 10-year career.
Tatum was also a key player on the Raiders Super Bowl-winning team in 1976 and is regarded by many Raiders fans as one of the best to ever wear the Silver and Black. With many pundits predicting the Raiders to pick a defensive player in the first round in 2020, selecting one half as good as Jack Tatum would be a great success.