Raiders quietly building a winner
Solid drafting (of all things) has allowed Oakland to emerge as a surprise team
Only now has Oakland begun to erase the memories of mistakes that have taken years to overcome.
In 2005, Oakland used its first-round draft pick on cornerback Fabian Washington one pick before Green Bay drafted quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
In 2007, the Raiders drafted quarterback JaMarcus Russell No. 1 overall, just before Calvin Johnson went to Detroit at No. 2, offensive tackle Joe Thomas went to Cleveland at No. 3 and running back Adrian Peterson went to Minnesota at No. 7.
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