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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Root of Mediocrity: Position-by-Position breakdown of the Raiders best draft picks over the last decade.

The once proud Oakland Raiders have been the laughing stock of the league ever since they took a trouncing in Super Bowl XXXVII. Not only have the Raiders signed high priced flops like Javon Walker and Deangelo Hall but they have had horrendous draft classes. Part of the reason for their terrible draft classes is that they have traded first round picks for veterans Carson Palmer, Randy Moss, and Richard Seymour. None of those players brought the team success and it cost the Raiders their future. The all-Raiders team I have outlined consists of the best players by position that the Raiders have drafted since 2003. This team could probably compete for a playoff spot with the San Jose Saber Cats in the AFL.

(DISCLAIMER: Raiders fans please beware that this list will make you sick)





Offense

QB: Andrew Walter- 2005 3rd Round pick. Insert joke here.

RB: Darren McFadden- 2008 1st Round Pick. He has been great when he actually sees the field. Still has potential to be one of the top running backs in league if he stays healthy. He is only 25 years old so he has his whole career ahead of him.

FB: Oren O’neal – 2007 6th round pick. He had 1 carry for 1 yard for his career. Enough said.

WR: Jacoby Ford - 2010 4th round pick. Dominant kick returner who showed big play flashes during his rookie season. Has been plagued by injury the last two seasons but still has potential to be a really good slot receiver.

WR: Denarius Moore – 2011 5th round pick. He has shown signs of greatness but is far too inconsistent. Moore should be the number one target for Matt Flynn this year.

TE: Zach Miller – 2007 2nd round pick. Miller was the Raiders most consistent offensive player during his four seasons in the silver and black. He has been quiet in his two years in Seattle.

LT: Jared Veldheer – 2010 3rd round pick. Veldheer has shown flashes of brilliance during his short career in Oakland. Moving back to the power blocking scheme should make him dominant once again. He should be the anchor of offensive line for foreseeable future.

LG: Paul McQuistan- 2006 3rd round pick. McQuistan was the starting guard for the 2006 Raiders team that finished 2-14. He is now a backup guard for the Seattle Seahawks.

Center: Stefen Wisniewski- 2011 2nd round pick. Lil Wiz should be the Raiders starting center for the next decade. He has been solid so far in his career and he has potential to be a perennial pro-bowler.

RG: Bruce Campbell – 2010 4th round pick. He was the workout warrior who scouts loved. He never played in a game for the Raiders and was traded to the Panthers where he is a backup.

RT: Robert Gallery – 2004 1st round pick. The Raider took Gallery over Larry Fitzgerald and Ben Roethlisberger. He is one of the biggest busts of all time and is already out of the league. Gallery thanks the lord every day that JaMarcus Russell came along to take the ire of the Raider Nation.

Defense

LE: Lamarr Houston - 2010 2nd round pick. Houston has been solid over his three years in Oakland. He is the best defensive lineman on the team and should be one of the leaders of the defense over next few seasons.

DT: Christo Bilukidi – 2012 6th round pick. Bilukidi had 8 tackles for the Raiders in his rookie year.

RE: Matt Shaughnessy – 2009 3rd round pick. Shaughnessy showed flashed of potential during his first few seasons but fell off the map last season. He signed a one year contract as a reserve lineman for the Arizona Cardinals this offseason.
OLB: Thomas Howard – 2006 2nd round pick. The speedy linebacker played well during his five year stint with the silver and black. He is now a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals.

MLB: Kirk Morrison – 2005 3rd round pick. The Oakland native was the heart and soul of the Raiders defense during his five seasons for the Raiders. Unfortunately he was part of an awful defense that was consistently one of the league’s worst. He is now a reserve linebacker for the Buffalo Bills.

OLB: Miles Burris – 2012 4th round pick. Burris was one of the Raiders most consistent players last year during his rookie season. He has potential to be a solid linebacker in the NFL.

CB: Nnamdi Asomugha – 2003 1st round pick. Nnamdi was an elite cover corner during his time in Oakland. He made multiple pro-bowls and was considered one of the top two corners in the NFL. Opposing quarterbacks would not even look his way during his prime. He is now trying to resurrect his career in San Francisco.

CB: Stanford Routt – 2005 2nd round pick. Routt had a couple solid seasons with the Raiders especially when he was teamed up with Nnamdi. Once Nnamdi left, Routt was continually burned and was cut by the team. He was cut again by the Chiefs last year and is now considered a reserve cornerback.

FS: Michael Huff – 2006 1st round pick. Huff never lived up to the hype of a top 10 pick. He was spectacularly average over his 7 seasons in Oakland. He was recently cut by Reggie McKenzie and he has signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

SS: Tyvon Branch – 2008 4th round pick. Tyvon has been the most consistent defensive player for the Raiders since 2009. He has elite speed and hitting power which should keep him in Oakland for the next few seasons. I expect him to be the leader of the defense next season.

LS: Travis Goethel – 2010 6th round pick. Insert curse word here _________.

By Jorge Contreras

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