Friday, October 21, 2011
Raiders stocked with top-10 picks
By Bill Williamson
The Raiders have added to an impressive collection in the past nine days.
What do linebacker Aaron Curry and quarterback Carson Palmer have in common, other than being recent trade acquisitions by Oakland? They were both top-10 draft picks.
The Raiders now have eight players on their 53-man roster who were top-10 picks. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it is the second most in the league. The 49ers have nine. Kansas City is tied for the fourth most with four.
Palmer was the No. 1 overall pick by Cincinnati in 2003. Curry was the No. 4 pick by Seattle in 2009.
They join linebacker Rolando McClain (No. 9, 2010), receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (No. 7, 20009), running back Darren McFadden (No. 4, 2008), safety Michael Huff (No. 7, 2006), defensive tackle John Henderson (No. 9, 2002 by Jacksonville) and Richard Seymour (No. 6, 2001 by New England).
Oakland saw quarterback JaMarcus Russell (No. 1, 2007) and guard Robert Gallery (No. 2, 2004) leave the team in the past year.
It is clear, though; the Raiders are turning their fortunes around with a roster built on top collegiate talent.