Raiders: Ranking the top 5 defensive linemen in franchise history

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4. Bill Pickel, DT, Raiders

There is a massive gap between the fourth and fifth positions on this list. Kelly earned his spot due largely to his loyalty to Oakland. Bill Pickel earns his spot because of his above-average skill set.

His 53 sacks are fourth-most in Raiders history, with his 454 solo tackles placing him sixth all-time. Pickel was a member of the 1983 NFL All-Rookie team, a first-team All-Pro in 1986, and a member of the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1983.

His distinct four-point stance is still iconic in the minds of Raiders’ fans from the early 1980s.

3. Chester McGlockton, DT, Raiders

Chester McGlockton is the third consecutive defensive tackle on this list. While his 39.5 career sacks rank below Pickel’s by a considerable margin, McGlockton was much more than just a pass rusher.

The nose tackle was a key cog in the most dominant defensive line in Raiders’ franchise history. He took full advantage of his opportunity to line up alongside the first and second-ranked players on this list, earning four Pro-Bowl selections and three All-Pro honors.

He was the perfect fit in terms of his playing style, size, and talent.