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Russell singled out, but not alone

Raiders bust not only disappointment in '07 first round that had good, bad and ugly

Originally Published: May 11, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Last week's release of quarterback JaMarcus Russell by the Oakland Raiders represented one of the greatest concessions in recent NFL history.

It was an embarrassing but tacit admission by the team that it had erred egregiously and that the former LSU star simply can't play. And it ranked as one of the most graphic representations of the draft as a high-stakes crapshoot.

But it was also an expensive reminder of just how unpredictable the first round of any draft can be in general, ...

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