The 5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Oakland Raiders History

Identifying the Oakland Raiders' Worst NFL Draft Blunders Ever

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For many years, the Oakland Raiders were a model franchise of the NFL. They won the Super Bowl three times between 1976 and 1983 and made the playoffs 18 times between 1970 and 2002. Since this last playoff appearance, things have gone downhill very quickly, although prior success did cover up some foolish organizational decisions. Keeping bad decisions and recent results in mind, I have identified the Raiders' five worst draft blunders ever.

5. John Clay

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5. John Clay

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John Clay was a behemoth of a human being at offensive tackle when the Raiders drafted him 15th overall in the 1987 NFL Draft, but unfortunately he wasn't great on the field. This inability to actually play resulted in Clay lasting only one season with the Raiders and two in the NFL as a whole. That left the team empty handed during an era of mediocrity in the late 1980s.

4. Bob Buczkowski

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4. Bob Buczkowski

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Bob Buczkowski also helped the Raiders stumble in the late 1980s, as he turned into an utter failure after being drafted 24th overall in 1986. Buczkowski was another player drafted in the Al Davis era who was physically imposing but limited on the field, and he only played two games with the Raiders. After the 1987 season, he moved out of town and retired after the 1990 season as a failure both in Oakland and the NFL as a whole.

3. Patrick Bates

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3. Patrick Bates

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Patrick Bates was expected to be a physical force at safety for the Oakland Raiders, although he turned into an utter bust after being selected 12th overall in 1993. Bates was held back by a few off the field issues and only picked up one interception over three seasons and 29 appearances with the Raiders. Overall, Bates has gone down as a classic version of the Raiders only looking at physical tools in their draft selections.

2. Todd Marinovich

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2. Todd Marinovich

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Todd Marinovich was expected to be great from a young age, as he was a workout freak and excelled in both high school and college football. This led the Raiders to draft Marinovich 24th overall in 1991, although questions abounded from the star as a result of an arrest for cocaine possession and documented issues in the locker room. Drug issues would go on to ravage Marinovich's two-season career with the Raiders and lead to a bust label.

1. JaMarcus Russell

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1. JaMarcus Russell

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JaMarcus Russell was supposed to be the savior for the Raiders after being picked No. 1 overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was big, strong and had a huge arm. Unfortunately Russell didn't like to stay in shape and was not good on the field. During three seasons in Oakland he compiled 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and 22 fumbles, and the team went 14-34. Safe to say the Raiders wish they had selected Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson.


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