Las Vegas Raiders: 10 best wide receivers taken in the NFL Draft
By Matt Holder
2. Fred Biletnikoff
- 1965 / Round 2 / Pick 11 (AFL)
You know you’re pretty good if the award for the best player at your position is named after you. Fred Biletnikoff has been synonymous with great wide receiver play for a long time, hence why College Football decided to name a trophy after him.
The Hall of Famer ranks second in franchise history for every major receiving category with 589 career receptions, 8,974 yards, and 76 touchdowns. He was also the MVP of the Raiders’ first Super Bowl victory, a six-time Pro Bowler and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 1972.
During Biletnikoff’s 14 professional seasons, he finished in NFL’s top 10 for catches three times, twice for receiving yards, and five times for touchdowns. He likely would have been a more frequent flier on those lists had the league merger occurred earlier in his career.
The former Florida State Seminole remains one of the most iconic players for the Silver and Black and is one of the organization’s best draft picks of all time.