Okay, we'll get the disclaimer out of the way first: Yes hindsight is 20/20, nobody gets every pick right, talent evaluation is a flawed process.
It's not funny that Mel Kiper thought JaMarcus Russell would be great but it's HILARIOUS that almost everything he said turned out to be the polar opposite of what happened when Russell joined the Raiders. Let's go down the checklist, shall we?
"JaMarcus Russell is going to immediately energize that Raider nation. That fanbase, that football team, on the practice field, in that locker room."
He held out for all of training camp and didn't sign his rookie contract until Sep. 12. That whole locker room thing? Well, Russell was notoriously lazy after signing that rookie deal and if that's "energizing the locker room," welp.
"Three years from now you could be looking at a guy who's one of the elite, top five quarterbacks in this league."
Lets do a three year check in. 4,083 yards, 18 TD, 23 INT -- 65.3 passer rating
"The skill level he has is certainly John Elway like."
Stop. Please stop the madness.