The Raiders owner has spent decades building a reputation of fueling his flair for the dramatic by drafting college powerhouse quarterbacks, running backs, and defensive secondary specialists.
Looking at the Raiders' past five No. 1 draft picks, it wouldn't be surprising if Oakland were to use their No. 8 pick to draft Clausen. Here are the Raiders' first-round picks of the last five seasons:
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
Michael Huff, S, Texas
Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska
None of the players from the three most recent seasons has stepped forward as an instant success. In fact, Davis' picks of Huff and Washington were the most beneficial. Both players have established themselves as premier defensive weapons in the NFL (Nnamdi Asomugha and Tyvon Branch have also panned out for the Black and Silver).
Although Fabian Washington is no longer a Raider, he is still experiencing success for the Baltimore Ravens. While the Raiders defense is stingy with the allowance they give to their opponents, John Madden says it best: "You can't win games if you don't score."
Jimmy Clausen's progression from his raw freshman year until this last season is impressive, but will it be enough to turn around the Raiders' offensive woes?