Oakland Raiders: The 10 Most Embarassing Players in Raider History
That is a good combination to have in a football player, but skill is the most necessary ingredient a player needs. Over the years, the Raiders have been able to add skill to some of their height, weight and speed freaks.
But when they couldn't, they really couldn't, and that would lead to some downright embarrassing football. There were some individual players that really took the cake in that category.
Turn the page to see who they are.
10. Bob Buczkowski
Rewind to 1986.
Bob Buczkowski was a defensive end out of Pittsburgh the Raiders drafted in the first round. When you draft a defensive end that high, you expect tackles in the run game and lots of sacks.
Well, Buczkowski didn't have a tackle in his three-year career, to go with 1.5 sacks.
That's embarrassing for a first-round pick.
9. Derrick Gibson
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Derrick Gibson is a first-round pick that I am still scratching my head over. Strong safties aren't selected in the first round of the NFL draft unless they are truly special, and Gibson was not that.
I can't even say he was pretty good.
I can say he was horrible.
Gibson wrote the book on how to miss a tackle.
Do you remember watching him try to cover?
After 156 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions over a five-year span, the Raiders finally let go.
8. Phillip Buchanon
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Phillip Buchanon was drafted in the first round of the 2001 draft by the Raiders to be a shutdown corner. All I can really say about that is it's a good thing the Raiders still had Charles Woodson at the time.
It's also a good thing that Nnamdi Asomugha was drafted a couple of years later. Buchanon went on to be a picked-on corner and usually gave the opposing team what they needed.
After four years of getting cooked when he had the chance, the Raiders parted ways with him.
Another first-round pick for nothing.
7. Rickey Dudley
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At 6'5", 255 pounds, Rickey Dudley was a tight end who could run with the wind and jump out of a stadium. He had all the tools a tight end could need except the main tool he needed.
He couldn't catch the stinkin' football!
He did have a 48-catch, 787-yard season in his second year, and it made Raider Nation believe he came around. But he would come back to let Raider Nation down repeatedly on third down with dropped passes.
This was a pure torture for Raider fans and embarrassing for Dudley because he was a fine athlete.
Catching the ball would have gotten him into the Hall of Fame.
6. Darrius Heyward-Bey
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Darrius Heyward-Bey was a top-10 pick in the 2009 draft that has given the Raiders little more than a comedy of errors. Heyward-Bey has 35 catches for 490 yards with two touchdowns in two years as a Raider.
Dudley had only one less catch in his rookie campaign.
That's embarrassing enough for a top-10 pick!
What's more embarrassing is watching Heyward-Bey jump for a ball thrown at his belly button.
How about the 2009 Week 10 game in Kansas City that Heyward-Bey had a chance to make a play in. It was the closing minutes of the game with the Raiders down six in Chief territory.
Backup Raider quarterback Bruce Gradkowski threw one to Heyward-Bey, and it almost looked like Heyward-Bey purposely sent the ball up into the air. The ball was then picked off by the Chiefs, and they held on for a 16-10 win.
A first-round pick did that.
That's an embarrassing moment for an embarrassing player.
5. Marc Wilson
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Marc Wilson did make a playoff run during his career, but No. 1 picks are supposed to make more. On top of that, Wilson was embarrassing in the playoff run that he made.
Wilson had a 69 quarterback rating in eight years with the Raiders with more interceptions than touchdown passes. If that isn't embarrassing enough, the manner in which he went about accumulating such stats is.
He was a statue in the pocket that was often separated from the ball when sacked. But the most embarrassing thing about Wilson is the fact the this is the man that Davis tried to replace Jim Plunkett with.
Not just after but before the Super Bowl wins.
4. Jay Schroeder
I remember being excited as a kid when the Raiders acquired Jay Shroeder from the Washington Redskins. He was supposed to be the guy who would lead the Raiders to the promised land, as they had all the other parts.
Later on, I would call him "Jay Trader" because he seemed to throw the ball to the other team. However, he did have some success in 1990, posting a 90.8 quarterback rating on the way to the AFC Championship game.
But in that game, on the big stage, Schroeder was a big embarrassment.
He threw five interceptions in the game, and the Raiders would go on to lose 51-3.
3. Randy Moss
Randy Moss was the most dangerous football player in the universe in 2005 when the Raiders traded for him. The future Hall of Fame receiver did OK for himself in his first year with 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns.
His second year with the Raiders is what was embarrassing for a future Hall of Fame player. Moss had a paltry 553 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games for the Silver and Black.
His quarterback and offensive system is what held his numbers down, but the way he played was embarrassing. How can you be a future Hall of Fame player and run your routes half-speed with the ball going your way?
There is nothing more embarrassing than not trying.
2. Todd Marinovich
Todd Marinovich was born and raised to play football by his parents.
They had him on every workout that was out at the time and didn't even let him eat candy as a kid. There's no reason to even go over any stats because this is a first-round pick that didn't last more than two years.
After not being able to eat candy growing up, Marinovich snapped back by smoking weed. He would find himself in trouble because of that and just never made his way back.
The Raiders thought they had the second coming of Kenny "the Snake" Stabler for the next 10 years.
Instead, they got two years of nothingness.
1. JaMarcus Russell
This is another case where stats aren't even necessary.
He fell asleep in meetings.
He reported to camp around 300 pounds as a quarterback.
He sipped on that sizyrup or purple drank or sprite and codine syrup.
He was spotted at parties and basketball games sporting platinum and fur.
He did everything but try to be a great NFL quarterback.
Is he as embarrassed as Raider Nation is for him?
The fact that I'm asking such a question is embarrassing itself.
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Davis loves his height, weight, speed and quarterbacks that can throw the ball 80 yards. Sometimes, Davis' choices to bring such guys into Raider Nation end in embarrassment.
There are many of these choices that go higher or lower.
I may have even missed some.
But one thing is for sure.
No. 1 is correct!