Every team misses drafts. This is just the nature of the draft, as no one will hit every first round pick. However, there are a few teams that have largely missed out on the top of the draft. And yes, that includes attackers.
In a recent article by CBS Sports’ Brian Diardo, he wrote about every team’s biggest draft whiffs and the players he should have picked instead. To the Raiders, he was none other than Jamarcus Russell in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Here’s what he had to say about that pick and where the Raiders should have gone at No.
“Adding insult to injury here is the fact that the Raiders missed out on securing several future stars with the No. 1 overall pick.
These include Hall of Fame receivers Calvin Johnson (number 2 overall), tackle Joe Thomas (overall pick number 3), Peterson (overall pick number 7) and Marshawn Lynch (12th overall pick). and linebacker Patrick Willis (11th overall pick). Instead, the Raiders chose Russell, who holds a 7-18 record, as their starting quarterback.
Russell was an obvious bust in the NFL. We certainly don’t need to repeat this for the millionth time. But the better question is, where should the Raiders go at No. 1?
The offense certainly could have used Calvin Johnson as Jerry Porter and Ronald Curry were not the long-term answers. But they could also use Joe Thomas as Barry Sims was the opening left tackle in 2007. Both players were one of the best players of all time in their respective places.
Patrick Willis was not an option as the Raiders felt great about Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard going into the year, so the decision comes down to Johnson vs. Thomas.
So, who would you have drafted with being 20/20 at No. 1?