Ex-Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Smith -- a 1st round pick in the '90 NFL Draft -- was just convicted of killing 3 men ... and now faces life in prison.
Smith -- who played for the Raiders from '91 to '97 -- was in a Lancaster, CA courtroom when the jury announced that he was guilty of killing 2 men in 1999 and another in 2001.
Cops say Smith kidnapped two brothers -- Kevin and Ricky Nettles -- from a car wash in 1999 and then shot them to death. Their bodies were dumped roughly 8 miles apart.
In 2001, cops say Smith was part of a group that kidnapped Dennis Henderson and then stabbed him to death.
The 48-year-old now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is set for Dec. 21.