Oakland Raiders: 10 Best Quarterbacks In Franchise History

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Nov 30, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders fans Jason Freedy (left) and Jose Delgado pose before the game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

7. Marc Wilson

The Raiders made Wilson their first round pick – fifteenth overall – in the 1980 draft with the idea that he would be groomed by legend Jim Plunkett to take over the team when the time came.

Well – it didn’t quite work out that way. He didn’t necessarily have a terrible eight-year stay with the Raiders, he just didn’t have a great one. Nor did he live up to the expectations of being a first-round pick. He was also outplayed by a very aged Plunkett in 1984.

Wilson tasted a bit of playoff success, leading the Raiders to the AFC West title in 1985 and being a part of a few Raiders’ playoff teams – though primarily as a spectator.

For his career with the Raiders, Wilson threw for nearly twelve thousand yards and 77 touchdowns. He put up some decent numbers, with 1985 being arguably his best season in silver and black, leading the team to an 11-2 record in his 13 starts, throwing for 2,600 yards, and 16 touchdowns.

He had some moments, but Wilson never developed into the elite passer the Raiders thought he’d be when they drafted him out of BYU. Still, his numbers are good enough to put him on this list.

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