JaMarcus Russell is a guy with a great arm. His huge upside and college success were obvious.
Russell was not given much time to grow. He was shoved into the starter role on a team lacking confidence and energy.
It's common knowledge that quarterback is the hardest and most demanding position in the NFL.
This is not intended to disparage JaMarcus Russell. He was the top quarterback in a weak draft. Somebody had to go No. 1 that year, and the Raiders needed a quarterback.
Russell is not going to go down as the biggest bust of all time, either. Ryan Leaf still retains that honor.
If a coach can control Russell's weight and give him a year or so to pick up the system, he might have a chance to become very good and disprove his critics.
When most quarterbacks are drafted, they immediately meet with their teams, study film, and learn offensive schemes.
Russell, on the other hand, did none of those things. Instead, he flew out to Las Vegas to party.
His lackadaisical attitude showed from the get-go. He then held out for contract negotiations more than six weeks into the season.
Russell spent only three years with the Raiders—the shortest run for a No. 1 pick ever.
The funny part is, Al Davis kept him longer than other teams might have.
To see how bad Russell was, one only needs to look at his stats. Russell had only one game where he threw for more than 250 yards.
His completion percentage in 2009 was a horrible 48.8 percent. His quarterback rating was a below-average 50. Ouch.
In Russell's defense, he played for a bad team with a front office that made many bad decisions.
On another team, things may have worked out. A team with a better coach, a solid system in place, and a front office that made sound decisions would have helped Russell maximize his ability.
JaMarcus Russell laziness is legendary.
He prepared for games like a wide receiver. His work ethic was a never-ending issue for the team.
Word on the street is that Russell weighs over 300 pounds. This is much more than the 255 pounds he weighed when he was selected in 2007.
Russell's weight needs to be monitored. His agility gets worse with every extra pound.
Here is a list of other bad No. 1 picks in recent years:
1992 Steve Emtman
1994 Dan Wilkinson
1995 Ki-Jana Carter
1999 Tim Couch
2000 Courtney Brown
2002 David Carr
2005 Alex Smith