Oakland Raiders: Rolando McClain and the Biggest Draft Busts in Team History

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Correspondent IINovember 30, 2012

Oakland Raiders: Rolando McClain and the Biggest Draft Busts in Team History

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    Has Rolando McClain played his final game in Oakland? After news broke (via ESPN) Thursday of him being suspended for the next two games for conduct detrimental to the team, it would certainly seem that way.

    Considering the position where McClain was drafted a couple years ago, the word "bust" will be thrown around, if it hasn't been already. But where does McClain rank amongst the first-round blunders in team history?

    Here, we will explore picks the Raiders have made in the first round that haven't quite panned out.

9. Rickey Dudley, TE, Ohio State

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    Rickey Dudley wasn't an atrocious pick, but he wasn't a great one either.

    The Raiders decided to use the ninth overall pick in the 1996 draft on a tight end. He had tremendous size at 6'6" and appeared to be a matchup nightmare.

    Dudley was just an average player, however, with his best season coming in 1997 where he caught 48 passes for 787 yards and seven touchdowns.

    As a Raider, Dudley averaged 37 receptions over five seasons, but he also dropped many passes, some in critical moments, before eventually leaving for Cleveland in 2001.

     

    Players Who Were Still Available

    Eddie George

    Marvin Harrison

    Ray Lewis

8. Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska

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    The Raiders used the 23rd pick in the 2005 draft to select Fabian Washington out of Nebraska, but he never did anything special for the team.

    He played just three seasons in Oakland and had a mere five interceptions before the team gave up on him in favor of newly acquired DeAngelo Hall.

    His coverage skills weren't worthy of a first-round selection and he is now out of the league.

     

    Players Who Were Still Available

    Aaron Rodgers

    Roddy White

7. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

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    The Raiders felt strong enough to use the eighth overall pick to nab McClain back in 2010. One can only assume that they wish they could do that one over.

    McClain had 184 tackles and 5.5 sacks through his first two seasons, but has dropped off big time this season, tallying just 37 tackles through 11 games.

    McClain will miss at least the next two games for the team and coupled with his arrest last December, it's safe to say that this guy is a problem.

     

    Players Who Were Still Available

    Earl Thomas

    Jason Pierre-Paul

    Mike Iupati

    Demaryius Thomas

    Dez Bryant

6. Derrick Gibson, S, Florida State

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    The Raiders had a late-round draft pick in 2001 and used it to bring in Derrick Gibson, a 6'2" safety out of Florida State. It turned out to be a bad pick.

    Although he was highly-touted following his college career, Gibson totaled just 194 tackles in the NFL, which was actually less than he had at Florida State. He was also almost a liability in pass coverage and was out of the league following the 2006 season.

     

    Players Who Were Still Available

    Reggie Wayne

    Drew Brees

5. Robert Gallery, T, Iowa

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    It's hard to figure out why Robert Gallery became such an amazing failure in Oakland, especially considering his college career.

    Gallery seemed to be about as close to a sure thing as you're going to get, which is why the Raiders used the second overall pick in 2004 to bring him in. 

    It took the team a long time to give up on the 6'7" tackle from Iowa, who started 91 games in silver and black. He went to the Seahawks in 2011, where he would play only one season before retiring the following year.

     

    Players Who Were Still Available

    Larry Fitzgerald

    Philip Rivers

    Ben Roethlisberger

    Vince Wilfork

    Steven Jackson


4. Bob Buczkowski, DE, Pittsburgh

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    First-round picks don't get much worse than this.

    In 1986, Oakland had the 24th pick in Round 1 and they used it on a man who would play just two games for them and come up with only one sack. Ouch.

    Buczkowski later found trouble off the field with an arrest for drug possession and promoting prostitution.

     

    Players Who Were Still Available

    Neal Anderson

    Ernest Givens

3. Todd Marinovich, QB, USC

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    It's not a good thing when your former first-round pick threw 54 more touchdowns in the Arena Football League than he did in the NFL, but that is the case with Todd Marinovich.

    Marinovich seemed like a perfect fit for the Raiders in 1991 when they took him with the 24th overall pick that year.

    After the team started 0-2 under Jay Schroeder in 1992, Marinovich came in and threw five touchdowns and nine interceptions in seven games before the job was given back to Schroeder.

    Between the poor play and several failed drug tests, Marinovich's career ended the following year in very disappointing fashion.

    He's had plenty of legal issues since, most of which pertaining to drugs, and he will long be remembered as one of the worst draft picks the team ever made.

     

    Players Who Were Still Available

    Brett Favre

    Ricky Watters

2. Patrick Bates, S, Texas A&M

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    Just two years after selecting Marinovich, the Raiders used the 12th overall pick to grab Patrick Bates out of Texas A&M and saw almost no return whatsoever.

    Adams had a good college career as part of A&M's "Wrecking Crew," but that never translated to the NFL.

    Bates played in just 29 games as a member of the Raiders, starting nine of those. He had a grand total of one interception.

     

    Players Who Were Still Available

    Dana Stubblefield

    Michael Strahan

1. JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU

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    Like there was any doubt.

    JaMarcus Russell is not only the biggest bust in Raiders history, he may be the biggest draft bust in NFL history.

    Russell was selected No. 1 overall in 2007, and with that came a contract worth around 31.5 million guaranteed.

    What did the Raiders get out of this? Next to nothing. 

    Russell started 25 games for the team, throwing just 18 touchdowns with 23 interceptions. He has a career passer rating of 65.2.

    The Raiders released him following the 2009 season and he cleared waivers. Shockingly, this highly hyped, highly-paid former No. 1 overall pick was out of the NFL after just three seasons.

    Too bad the Raiders didn't pass on Russell and select the guy who went to Detroit with the pick right after him, Calvin Johnson.