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In 2007, with the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Oakland Raiders selected JaMarcus Russell.
Al Davis had various options and could hardly go wrong with the pick. Brady Quinn and Russell were considered high level quarterback prospects. Joe Thomas was an elite left tackle. Calvin Johnson was a physical freak and a wide receiver for the ages. Adrian Peterson was a future star.
Many thought that Davis would go with Johnson. The 6'5", 239-pound wideout ran a 4.35 40-yard dash and was a physical specimen. He was a guranteed star.
Davis went with Russell.
The LSU quarterback was huge—6'6", 260-pounds—and had a rocket arm. Few quarterbacks were more physically talented and Davis thought he had his version of John Elway.
Right away, Russell started off badly. He held out into the season and played in just four games with little success. In 2008, Russell started in 15 games and struggled immensely. The young quarterback had shown himself to be incredibly lazy and unintelligent.
After another dreadful season in 2009, Oakland cut their losses and released Russell. The former Raider is now considered one of the NFL's top two biggest draft busts ever and is unlikely to get another chance in the NFL.