|The Oakland Raiders have chosen No. 1 in the NFL Draft twice. Photo by Bob Carr Photography; used with permission.|
For much of the team's history, the Raiders have been strangers to the top of the annual NFL Draft. Since the draft is conducted in reverse order of the previous season's finish, from about 1963 to 2002, the Raiders were normally playoff contenders unlikely to land one of the top picks.
On the other hand, in the team's early, pre-Al Davis years from 1960 to 1962, and the long drought between Super Bowl XXXVII in January 2003 and the 2016 playoff season, double-digit losses and high draft picks were the norm.
The end result is that the Raiders have made the first overall pick in the draft only twice in team history, and the second selection only twice.
On the other hand, Al Davis was always known for taking a chance on a talented player or three, and as a result, the team has employed numerous No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks made by other teams and acquired through various means.