Las Vegas Raiders: 15 best first-round picks all-time
By John Buhler
Best first-round draft picks in Raiders history: 4. Tim Brown
A model of consistency wide receiver Tim Brown was for the Silver and Black. He starred for the Raiders from 1988 to 2003. While he played a year with the 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, all that came from that lone season was his 100th career touchdown reception.
Brown was the No. 6 overall play taken in the 1988 NFL Draft. The year before, he was the Heisman Trophy winning wideout for the national powerhouse Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Brown had nine straight seasons (1993-01) where he had 1,000 yards or more receiving. He would finish his Pro Football Hall of Fame career with 1,094 receptions for 14,934 yards and the century mark in pay dirt department.
Though Brown never won a Super Bowl with the Raiders, he did it all for the Silver and Black in his unforgettable Hall of Fame career. He was a nine-time Pro Bowler in two different positions. While it took some time for him to make a major impact as a receiver, Brown was explosive in the return game right out of the gate. He is in rare company of being able to reach a Pro Bowl in three different decades.
Admittedly, it took far too long to get Brown into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He had to wait five years longer than he should have. Brown was eligible in 2010, but had to wait until 2015 to reach Canton. Blame it on the wide receivers log jam, but Brown is one of the best receivers in NFL history.