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Who Was The Real Bust Of The '06 Draft

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13:  Safety Michael Huff #24 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after making an interception 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)
D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIISeptember 21, 2016

  In 2006 the Raiders could have drafted Jay Cutler or Antonio Cromartie with the #7 pick but instead they took a CB named Michael Huff and moved him to strong safety.  From his rookie year to 2008 he had only one interception and was as bad at tackling as a kicker on kickoff coverage.  Meanwhile, Jay Cutler reached pro-bowl status with the Denver Broncos who played Huff and the Raiders twice a year so everybody could see what the QB that Oakland ignored did to the DB they took instead.  Antonio Cromartie has become one of the better CBs in the game, not as good as Namdi Asomugha, but still pretty good.  But during the off-season and so far this season something has changed.  Jay Cutler, who was never benched, demanded and recieved a trade.  Michael Huff, who was benched reacted not with a trade demand, but by studying the best safeties of the game today:  Bob Sanders, Troy Palamaulu and Ed Reed.  So far this year, Cutler has had accuracy trouble in a new offense while Huff has made 3 INTs.  So 3 years later I ask myself about the '06 draft and which team really had the "bust" pick.  Denver or Oakland

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