Top 10 draft steals in Tennessee Titans, Houston Oilers history

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4. LB Al Smith (1987: Round 6)

A sixth-round choice of the Houston Oilers in 1987, Al Smith started 11 of the 12 games he played as a rookie (he did play in the 3 “replacement” games). The stout defender totaled at least 75 stops in each of his first eight seasons. The two-time Pro Bowler and 1992 All-Pro racked up 100-plus tackles five times.

Injuries limited Smith to a combined three games in his final two seasons. He was a reliable tackler for this franchise for the vast majority of his career. Keep in mind that the Oilers were a playoff team in each of his first seven seasons in the league, although those very talented clubs failed to reach the AFC title game.

3. WR/KR Billy “White Shoes” Johnson (1974: Round 15)

Known for his flamboyant end zone dances, there was certainly reason to celebrate when it came to an explosive talent who lasted until the 15th round of the 1974 NFL Draft. Billy Johnson began his career in Houston. In seven seasons with the club, he was named to the Pro Bowl twice and was an All-Pro in 1977.

“White Shoes” Johnson was a threat as a receiver, as well as a runner. During his career with the Oilers, he totaled 2,357 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns. Of course, there were his celebrated exploits on special teams. With the Oilers alone, he took back five punts for touchdowns and also returned two kickoffs for scores.