Recent Draft History: Oakland Raiders

 2008 Draft:

1 (4) Darren McFadden, RB  STARTER
No one doubts his talent, but better backs have faltered with fewer problems.  McFadden spent he season never quite getting on track with various injuries, including the dreaded turftoe, which is the bane of speedsters everywhere.  He will likely benefit from the new coaching regime in Oakland, and is a huge part of helping QB Russell develop.
4 (100) Tyvon Branch, CB  STARTER
Multiple injuries put the kid on reserve, but in his short time starting, he made Michael Huff expendable.  A key component going forward.
4 (125) Arman Shields, WR  Backup
After missing most of offseason practices with a bum knee, he was finally IRed and missed the entire season.  He'll get a chance to prove himself all over again in 09.
6 (169) Trevor Scott, DE  Backup
As a rotational starter this late pick showed the kind of workethic that could elevate him to a star.  WIth 5 sacks in only limited reps he looks to be a key piece moving forward, but his slight frame and lower weight than ideal for the position may cap his ceiling at exceptional backup, or roleplayer.
7 (226) Chaz Schilens, WR Backup
Another solid late round pick, injuries hampered him, but whne he was given opportunities, this big WR managed to make Russell's life a lot easier.  A big third down target, Schilens could have a possession role for the rest of his career and thrive.

 2007 Draft:

1 (1) JaMarcus Russel, QB  STARTER
While his development may not be going at ludicrous speed, lost in all of that he is still the youngest QB in the league, who was drafted on upside.  With his arm, he has the ability to get out of any predicament, but he still needs to get the nuances of NFL QBing under his belt.  Development, development, development is the word with Russell.  he can't be asked to dumb his game down with dink and dunk Flacco-style playcalling, or he will never see his full potential.  The Raiders knew they would have some growing pains with this QB, and more important than laboring over every little flaw in his game, is the addressing of the offensive line to give him the opportunity to continue to grow.
2 (38) Zach Miller, TE  STARTER
By far the most potent and consistent weapon on the offense, Miller will only get better as the team upgrades around him.  Tough, no-nonsense, and a willing and capable blocker make Miller one fo the top finds for Oakland in this draft.
3 (68) Quentin Moses, DE  Backup/Miami
Moses made no impact for Oakland, and was shipped out before the 2008 season.  In Miami he has been injured and deactivated.
3 (91) Mario Henderson, OT  STARTER
Henderson has been a huge part of Russell's development, and looks to continue to be so.  With his ability to shift to RT, it will give the Raider's plenty of options in the draft.
3 (99) Johnnie Lee higgins, WR  STARTER
One of the few Raiders WRs who isn't mired in personal problems, Higgins is their most legitimate threat at the position.  He is better served in the #2 role however, so the Raiders will be hoping someone else steps up and allows Higgins to slip back into a less central role.
4 (100) Michael Bush, RB  Backup
After failing to be activated in his rookie year, his development was even further delayed under oustered coach, Kiffin.  When he can get into a game, he tends to have a dramatic effect, and his bruising style should be jsut what the 2009 Raiders are looking for.  He has the potential to be a "breakout" player, just from being used consistently and correctly.
4 (110) John Bowie, CB  Backup
After playing the role of weekly inactive his first season, his second season was over before it started with a trip to IR.  Bowie will be retained for depth reason, but should be jettisonned once the team clears the high water mark in this rebuilding phase.
5 (138) Jay Richardson, DE  Backup
Richardson has stepped in adequately the last two years in the event o fiinjury, and has a good, teamfirst attitude.  he will likely serve a depth role for a while with Oakland, and has just enough potential to not be written off in the future as a player who could deliver some impact.
5 (165) Eric Frampton, S  backup/Vikings
After failing to turn heads in Oakland, the Vikings poached Frampton and struggled to get him on teh field, deactivating him initally for depth reasons,a nd eventually for injury reasons.  his future looks pretty uncertain.
6 (175) Oren O'neal, FB  Backup
After an inconsistent rookie year, injuries reared again in 2008 and cost him the whole season.  His rehab has been reported as going well, and he expects to be ready for 2009.
7 Jonathan Holland, WR  Backup
After being waived with an injury settlement as a rookie, Holland was brought back to the practice squad in 08, and eventually promoted to teh active roster.  He will be in the mix for reliable receiver depth in the 09 training camp.

 2006 Draft:

1 (7) Michael Huff, S  STARTER
Though the team was expected to let Huff go, the loss of Wilson in FA forced their hand.  This highly touted prospect is essentially down to his last chance.  If he fails to improve by leaps and bounds in his fourth year, there is no chance he even makes it through the whole season.
2 (38) Thomas Howard, LB  STARTER
Howard has developed into a young stud, and has prompted comparisons to all time greats at the position.  He is definitely an anchor that the team can rely on, and is a devestating force in the middle.  2008 seemed to expose some flaws in his coverage, but he will probably rebound from that in 09, along with the rest of the defense.
3 (69) Paul McQuistan, G  backup
With Jake Grove leaving in free agency, the interior of the line should see some shifting to go along witht eh shifting on the ends.  McQuistan is one of the bigger more powerful guards, but he will have a tough battle with icumbent Cooper Carlisle, who has done a good job and held his own.
4 (101) Darnell Bing, LB  Backup/Detroit
After failing at LB in oakland, the 49ers picked him up and tried hima t safety, followed by an experiment witht he Jets, and finally an inactive roster spot on the Lions.
7 (214) Chris Morris, C  Backup
Morris has amounted to little more than safe depth at the center position.  As a value at #3, it is unlikely that the Raiders will part with him anytime soon, especially with the loss of a free agent C.
7 (255) Larry McMahan, WR  Out of NFL
McMahan disappeared sometime during the 2006 training camp,a nd was never seen nor heard froma again...
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