Las Vegas Raiders: The franchise’s all-time team
By John Buhler
Las Vegas Raiders all-time team: Defensive tackles
If there is any weak link in the Raiders’ all-time defense, it might be at defensive tackle. Not to say that the Raiders haven’t had their fair share of elite tackle play, but they haven’t put a guy in to Canton from that position group. Probably the best defensive tackle to date for the Silver and Black is Chester McGlockton.
The late McGlockton spent his first six NFL seasons with the Raiders form 1992 to 1997. He made four straight Pro Bowls from 1994 to 1997 and three-straight All-Pro teams in the first three. McGlockton would spend his final six NFL seasons bouncing around with the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and New York Jets before retiring in 2003.
Again, not another happy ending for a great defensive tackle for the Silver and Black. While McGlockton would pass away at age 42 from health issues, Darrell Russell didn’t make it to 30. Though Russell’s life started to spiral out of control in 2001 before passing away at 29 from a car accident in 2004, he was great for a moment with the Raiders.
Russell was the club’s No. 2 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft out of USC. He would make the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999. His only All-Pro first-team appearance came in 1998. Failing the NFL’s drug policy was the beginning of the end for Russell’s NFL career. Had he been able to stay clean, who knows what he could have been for the Silver and Black?
Honorable mentions: Dan Birdwell (1962-69), Tom Keating (1966-67, 1969, 1970-72, 1975, 1978-79, 1984), Richard Seymour (2009-12)