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One On One With JaMarcus Russell

NEW YORK - APRIL 27:  JaMarcus Russell records an interview before entering the Serchlite/ESPN The Magazine Pre-NFL Draft 2007 Party at Club Sol April 27, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Yama HazheerCorrespondent IIMay 10, 2009

One of Al Davis' most notorious moves by critics was the selection of LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell as the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

Russell is regarded as a busy by many analysts and fans of any team except for the Oakland Raiders. They still have faith in him and don't read into all the controversy surrounding him.


As a guy that has actually watched Russell play, he is impressive and has potential to be a great quarterback.

I would love to talk to JaMarcus one on one and see how he feels about the situation and some more key facts about him.


Here are some questions that I would ask him:

  • Many experts are labeling you as a bust. What is your response to the criticism you have faced so far in your career?

  • They are also doing the same to your new teammate, rookie wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. He is a speedy guy. What are your thoughts on being able to throw the ball to him?

  • For the most part during your rookie season, you sat on the bench. What was that experience like?

  • What quarterbacks did you look up to as a kid?

  • During practice, do you avoid throwing the ball in Nnamdi Asomugha's direction like every other quarterback in the league?
  • With your large frame have you ever considered playing a different position?

  • What about a different sport? Do you have any basketball background?

  • How tough has it been to go through and deal with the changes in the front office with coaches?

  • What have you learned from Lane Kiffin?

  • How will the addition of veteran Jeff Garcia help you?

  • When can we see the Raiders back in the playoffs?


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