As teams make final decisions regarding the upcoming NFL draft which takes place tomorrow night, owners, GM’s and coaches are looking for impact players that can ultimately change the direction of a franchise. When the Oakland Raiders were on the clock back in 2007, now deceased head honcho Al Davis thought JaMarcus Russell was just such a talent – coming off a junior season at LSU where the beefy quarterback earned All-SEC honors, Sugar Bowl MVP and won the Manning award. As even a casual NFL fan knows, Russell’s career never took off in Oakland and he would be out of the league in 2010. Recently, ESPN caught up with Russell as he attempts a comeback – shedding light on the difficulties that contributed to his failings as a QB and rare insight into who the then coach of the Raiders, Lane Kiffin, really wanted to select.
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