Those were vital drafts for the Raiders because they had the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 and the No. 4 pick in 2008. Of course, in hindsight they had mixed results.
In 2007, the Raiders notoriously picked quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the No. 1 pick, which will go down as one of the worst all-time NFL draft picks. Russell played parts of just three NFL seasons, all with the Raiders ... and he was awful.
The Raiders didn’t do nearly as bad with the No. 4 overall pick in 2008. They selected running back Darren McFadden out of Arkansas. He was a solid player, but was not a consistent star. Still, McFadden played seven seasons with the Raiders and parts of three more seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Ultimately, he had a solid career.
In the Bleacher Report’s redrafts, the Raiders took receiver Calvin Johnson in 2007 and receiver DeSean Jackson in 2008. In reality, Johnson was the No. 2 pick by Detroit and Jackson was taken in the second round by the Eagles.
The Raiders thought about taking Johnson, but went for a quarterback instead. No team would have taken Jackson over McFadden at the time, so you really can’t harp on that one. But, yes, Mr. Johnson would have been a nice Raider.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Clowney-Eagles talk: NFL reporter Adam Caplan said pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney will only end up with the Eagles if his price goes down. The Raiders have interest in Clowney as well.
- Carr is accurate: Football Outsiders have some stats that show Derek Carr was quite accurate in 2019.
- Hudson love: Man, Rodney Hudson’s teammates love him.
- Condolences to Rivera family: The remains of actress Naya Rivera have been found at a Southern California lake. Her brother, Mychal Rivera, was a tight end for the Raiders from 2013-16.
- No love for Raiders’ weapons: ESPN ranked offensive weapons in the league and the Raiders’ come in at No. 24. With all the young talent, perhaps the group will be ranked higher next year.