The Raiders had high hopes this season and it looked to be the year that the Raiders make that turn and become real contenders. Jason Campbell showed enough flashes and was able to manage the offense. Along with McFadden's game changing abilities, the Raiders offense was able to help Oakland's defense stay off the field and not expose a weak defense against the run. THEN THE SEASON WAS IN JEOPARDY.
IMO, Oakland should have gone after a less expensive aquisition in the form of David Jarrad and/or given the reigns to Terrelle Pryor before spending and giving away to much for a QB that didn't have a great season last year. The Raiders Brass will be ringless once more and it looks like they shot themselves on the foot to improving their roster, specially their defensive roster.
Here is a list on who the Raiders did select and who they could have gotten:
2003 NFL Draft = Nnamdi Asomugha
**The raiders could have also retained the services of an undrafted QB named Tony Romo.
2004 = Robert Gallery
Raider Nation could have taken Ben Roesthlisberger.
2005 = Fabian Washington
The Raiders had a shot at Aaron Rodgers, the NFL's Extreme Super Bowl MVP Belt winner.
2006 = Michael Huff
Raiders decided not to select Jay Cutler, who is presently playing better than Palmer.
2006 = JaMarcus Russell
2007 = Darren McFadden
Again, nuff said.
2008 = Darius Heyward-Bey
2010 = Rolando McClain LB
The Radiers pass on Tebow-Time and ended up with a rusty QB.
2010 = Stefen Wisniewski C
Raiders potentially could have grabbed Ryan Mallett.
Raiders really did have a shot at getting better. Just imagine Aaron Rodgers as their QB, how about Josh Freeman or even Tony Romo! But faith can be cruel.... I look forward to Pryor's starting debut!