By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, May 6th, 2010 at 3:15 pm in Oakland Raiders.
A list of the top 10 Raiders’ first-round busts since the start of the merged draft in 1970:
1_JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU, 2007 (No. 1 overall)
The new standard-bearer for his position, league-wide. Al Davis loves tradition, but this isn’t the kind of history he had in mind.
Who else was available: WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech (Detroit), No. 2; RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma (Minnesota), No. 7; LB Patrick Willis, Mississippi (San Francisco), No. 11.
2_Todd Marinovich, QB, USC, 1991 (No. 24 overall)
Probably unfair to rate a No. 24 pick this high, but take a look at who went No. 33. Marinovich was beset by drug issues which plagued him long after he was out of the league.
Who else was available: DT Ted Washington, Louisville (Buffalo) No. 25; QB Brett Favre, Southern Mississippi (Atlanta), No. 33.
3_Bob Buczkowski, DE, Pitt, 1986 (No. 24 overall)
Played in a grand total of two games and had one sack for the Raiders in 1987. Was arrested for running a prostitution ring in 2005.
Who else was available: RB Neal Anderson, Florida (Chicago), No. 27; LB Pepper Johnson, Ohio State (New York Giants), No. 51.
4_John Clay, OT, Missouri, 1987 (No. 15 overall)
Started nine games as a rookie, and the Raiders shipped him to San Diego along with two high draft choices for Jim Lachey. Clay played one year and was out of the league. The Raiders eventually sent Lachey, a dominant left tackle, to Washington for Jay Schroeder in one of their worst all-time trades.
Who else was available: OT Harris Barton, North Carolina, (49ers), No. 22; QB Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (Chicago), No. 26.
5_Patrick Bates, safety, Texas A&M, 1993, (No. 12 overall)
The 1993 version of Taylor Mays, Bates looked the part, but walked away from the Raiders the week before their season opener for reasons never fully explained.
Who else was available: RB Robert Smith, Ohio State (Minnesota), No. 21; DT Dana Stubblefield, Kansas (49ers), No. 26.
6_Matt Stinchcomb, tackle, Georgia, 1999 (No. 18 overall)
Considered a `safe’ pick for a team needing a tackle, Stinchcomb arrived with a serious shoulder injury. He was unsuccessfully tried as a starter at tackle, center and guard.
Who else was available: CB Antoine Winfield, Ohio State (Minnesota), No. 23; DE Patrick Kerney, Virginia (Atlanta), No. 29
7_Marc Wilson, quarterback, BYU, 1980 (No. 15 overall)
Measure his 31-19 won-loss record against Raiders QBs of the last seven years and he’s a wild success. In the era of great Raiders teams, he was reviled.
Who else was available: WR Art Monk, Syracuse (Washington), No. 18; RB Joe Cribbs, Auburn, Buffalo (No. 29)
No. 8_Derrick Gibson, safety, Florida State (No. 28 overall)
Another look-the-part safety, who, like Bates, didn’t have the instinct or coverage ability to excel. Coach Jon Gruden wanted and scouts wanted Todd Heap.
Who else was available: WR Reggie Wayne, Miami (Indianapolis), No. 30; TE Todd Heap, Arizona State (Baltimore), No. 31; QB Drew Brees, Purdue (San Diego), No. 32; DE Kyle VandenBosch, Nebraska (Arizona), No. 34.
No. 9_Phillip Buchanon, cornerback, Miami (No. 17 overall)
Provided big plays and touchdowns as a cornerback and return man, but gave up even more, then mysteriously lost his punt return ability. Was eventually traded to Houston.
Who else was available: S Ed Reed, Miami (Baltimore), No. 22; DE Charles Grant, Georgia (New Orleans) No. 25.
No. 10_To be determined . . . but with Russell gone, the pressure is on running back Darren McFadden (No. 4 overall in 2008) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (No. 7 in 2009) to perform.