Las Vegas Raiders: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Terry McDaniel, Oakland Raiders
13 Nov 1994: Cornerback Terry McDaniel of the Raiders /

CB. Tennessee Volunteers. Terry McDaniel. 27. player. 28.

As we climb higher and higher up this list, we start to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame discussion territory for a few guys that are on the outside looking in. One of the guys that we might have that discussion about is former Raiders cornerback Terry McDaniel. Man, was he ever terrific for the Silver and Black in the 1990s.

The then Los Angeles Raiders used the No. 9 overall pick to draft the man coverage superstar in the 1988 NFL Draft. While it took some time for him to get going in the Raiders secondary, McDaniel emerged as one of the best cover corners in all of football in year five in 1992 at age 27. McDaniel would rattle off five-straight Pro Bowl appearances and All-Pro nods from different publications during that time frame.

He rarely missed games in Raiders uniform. After playing in just two games as a rookie in 1988, McDaniel would appear in 150 games for the Silver and Black over the next nine years, starting in 135 of them. He would not miss a game with the Raiders until his final year with the team in 1997.

McDaniel would briefly play with the Seattle Seahawks in 1998 before retiring. During his 10-year career with the Raiders split between Los Angeles and Oakland, he made 467 tackles, assisted on 24 others, had 34 interceptions for 624 yards and five touchdowns. McDaniel may continue to get passed over for Canton enshrinement, but there is no doubt to what he meant to the Raiders’ secondary in the 1990s.