Oakland Raiders Draft: Why Can’t They Find Success In the First Round?

April 16, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Oakland Raiders were always a team that took chances on players, both in the draft and in free agency, and it worked so well for them for a very long time.  So why now have things got so bad that every time the Raiders make a move, sports journalists write it off as a failure without even proper examination?
Similarly like they way they applaud everything done by Bill Belichick without hesitation?
Especially in terms of the draft, the Raiders have lost their way over the last 10 years with their first-round picks.
We always had our busts, like any team.  For every Marcus Allen, there was a Charles Philyaw.  For every Gene Upshaw, there was a John Clay (who?–exactly). 
Oakland batted a little over .500 for the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s in terms of success with the first player taken by them in the draft.
Since 1999, the only truly successful player taken as a first pick has been Nnamdi Asomugha in 2003.
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