In the 2008 season, the Raiders finished 5-11 in the regular season, finishing in third place in the AFC West. This is the Raiders' first draft under head coach Tom Cable, who took over for Lane Kiffin on an interim basis during 2008, then was awarded the full-time job in February.
The Raiders have used four of their last six first-round selections on offensive players. Prior to that, they'd selected five consecutive players from the defensive side of the ball.
- The Raiders traded the 7th pick in the 5th round (143rd overall) along with a 2008 2nd-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for DeAngelo Hall on March 20, 2008.