Can Russell and Miller Join Other Great Raiders ?

raiderdad4everContributor ISeptember 6, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13: Quarterback JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders passes the ball in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

 With the Recent trade with the New England Patriots the Raiders have dealt their number one draft choice of 2011. I started to think about Jamarcus and how will he and number two pick Zack Miller rank with other first and second round picks from Raiders history. These Raiders were drafted together with first and second round picks and together these players made a hugh impact to the Raiders. In 1965 The Raiders drafted Harry Schuh in the first and Fred Biletnikoff in the second. In 1968 they did it again with Eldridge Dickey and then Ken Stabler. In 1971 they again struck gold with Jack Tatum and Phil Villipiano and continued the following year in 1972 when it was Mike Siani and John Vella. In 1973 the Raiders drafted Ray Guy and Monte Johnson. Henry Lawrence and Dave Casper were next in 1974. In 1980 it was Mark Wilson and Matt Millen. Millen makes up for Wilson.The next time the Raiders struck gold was 1981 they drafted Curt Marsh and Howie Long . JaMarcus Russell and Zack Miller could be the next pair to join the ranks of great first and second round tandems in Raider history.It is way to soon to judge them. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Mike Mitchell could also be impact players.  Think of how many number one picks have flopped in recent years.From Larry Todd in 1965  to Todd Marinovich in 1991 to Phillip Buchanon in 2002 to Tyler Brayton in 2003 and recently Fabien Washington in 2005 and Michael Huff in 2006. Who knows with Russell, Mcfadden and Heyward- Bey . The Raiders draft players who have not met expectations but all teams in the NFL face the same challenges. The high number one pick is a hugh gamble in any draft.The Raiders could always trade for another Number one pick before the 2011 draft if they need to. From Tony Lorick in 1964 to Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2009 the Raiders have made 48 number one draft picks which include numerous from the same year and some years with no picks. The Late great Gene Upshaw and Marcus Allen are the only number one draft picks of the Raiders that are enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. Tim Brown should join them soon.