Raiders' five worst first-round NFL draft picks of 21st century
No. 5: DB Derrick Gibson (2001, No. 28 overall)
Gibson was drafted No. 28 overall in 2001, and spent the majority of his career as a reserve defensive back in Oakland.
The Florida State product played five seasons in Oakland, recording three interceptions and a forced fumble in 69 career games.
Gibson sits further down on the list due to his draft position, as late-round picks don't come with the same expectations as guys closer to the top 10. Gibson is the only player on this list who appeared in a Super Bowl, making two tackles as the Raiders got blown out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.
But Oakland still should have gotten a lot more value at this spot, especially when future All-Pros like Reggie Wayne and Drew Brees both went within the next five picks.
No. 4: OL Robert Gallery (2004, No. 2 overall)
Gallery was expected to be a transcendent talent at left tackle, someone who would be protecting the backside of Raiders quarterbacks for at least a decade.
Gallery didn't allow a sack in his final 36 college games, despite transitioning to the position from tight end during his freshman season.
But Gallery struggled mightily as he was moved around the offensive line, eventually finding some more success as a guard.
His career lowlight came in the 2006 season opener, when Gallery allowed three of the team's nine sacks given up in a loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Mostly, Gallery belongs here on the list due to being such a high pick, but he ended up playing in 92 games for the Raiders and starting 91 of them.
After Gallery went No. 2, the next three picks were future stars Larry Fitzgerald, Philip Rivers and the late Sean Taylor.
No. 3: CB D.J. Hayden (2013, No. 12 overall)
Hayden is the only player on this list still active in the NFL today as he prepares for the 2020 season as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Houston product was a questionable pick at No. 12, especially given that Hayden hadn't finished his senior season after suffering a torn vena cava in his heart after a practice collision, an injury that has a 95 percent fatality rate due to blood loss.
Hayden dealt with numerous injuries during his time in Oakland, only playing in 45 games in four seasons before the team decided not to pick up his fifth-year option.
Hayden since has had stops in Detroit as well as Jacksonville, and his spot on this list also is much more about when he was drafted.
However, the Raiders saw All-Pros like Kyle Long, Xavier Rhodes and DeAndre Hopkins get taken later in that first round while many teams had Hayden much lower on their boards.
No. 2: Darrius Heyward-Bey (2009, No. 7 overall)
The speedster was a jewel in the eyes of Raiders ownership, showing off a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Despite never surpassing 1,000 receiving yards at Maryland, the team saw glimmering potential in the wideout.
Heyward-Bey just never found the sure hands required of a No. 1 receiver, never catching more than 60 percent of his targets during his four seasons with the Raiders.
After one rocky season with the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, Heyward-Bey joined the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he would spend the final five years of his NFL career.
Michael Crabtree was the next wide receiver taken, three picks after Heyward-Bey, but all in all this wasn't a great overall draft class by any stretch of the imagination.
No. 1: QB JaMarcus Russell (2007, No. 1 overall)
We all knew this one was coming.
Russell is one of the most controversial draft picks across American sports, as his name now is synonymous with the word bust.
JaMarcus flashed some incredible athleticism during his college career at LSU, but ultimately couldn't handle the fame and attention that comes with being the NFL's No. 1 pick.
He played just three seasons for the Raiders, completing only 52 percent of his passes and throwing 18 touchdowns compared to 23 interceptions, going just 7-18 as an NFL starter.
Being a successful quarterback in the NFL is tough, especially when you aren't exactly a regular in the film room.
There were plenty of stars taken after Russell in 2007, including Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis and Darrelle Revis.