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Raiders quietly building a winner

Solid drafting (of all things) has allowed Oakland to emerge as a surprise team

Originally Published: September 30, 2011
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com

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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