Las Vegas Raiders: 3 biggest quarterback busts in team history

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03: JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03: JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /
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Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /

Las Vegas Raiders: 3 biggest quarterback busts in team history

1. JaMarcus Russell

Coming out of LSU, JaMarcus Russell was a the consensus No. 1 overall pick, displaying the kind of arm strength that made all the scouts drool. During his time with the Tigers, Russell dominated the college football landscape, throwing for over 6,600 yards in his three season, including 52 touchdowns against only 21 interceptions.

Recently, CBS Sports ranked Russell as the worst No. 1 overall pick of all-time, and it is hard to disagree with them. He came into the league given the keys to an NFL franchise after holding out, and would go on to play only three seasons in the Silver and Black, while tossing only 18 touchdowns.

In his time as the starter, the franchise won only seven games, and he completed a little over 52 percent of his passes. By the time he was 24-years old, Russell was cut by the team that made him the first overall pick only three years earlier, and he never got a chance to play in the league again.

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In the history of the NFL, Russell ranks up there as one of the bigger busts ever, so it was not hard to land him at No. 1 on this list. For a guy with so much physical ability, it really was a shame how his time in the NFL played out, and his failures really set the franchise back years.