With the NFL Draft a few weeks aways, lets put aside all the horrible news with the labor talks and stroll down memory lane and take a look at the top 5 worst draft day picks that the Oakland Raiders have ever made.. Yes, we all know who is at #1, but who are some of the other players drafted by The Raiders that amounted to a wasted pick? Lets see…
#5 – With the 23rd overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, out of the University of Washington, Offensive Tackle Curt Marsh.. In 1981, Marsh was one of the best OTs in the country.
The Raiders made Marsh their first draft pick and as a rookie, he lived up to his billing. Starting at left guard for most of the season, Marsh opened up cavernous holes for Marcus Allen and earned a spot on the 1981 All-Rookie team. “He had the whole package,” says former Raider linebacker Matt Millen. “If he had stayed healthy, he would have been All-Pro over and over and over.”
But Marsh did not stay healthy. In fact, after his rookie season, injuries plagued him for much of the next six years, eventually forcing him out of the game in 1987. By the time Marsh finally called it quits, he had endured 12 operations, including four on his right ankle and right foot. He had also broken his right arm, his left hand and a finger, and he had torn a ligament in his left knee. In Sept of 1994, Marsh underwent amputation of his right foot and lower leg from 8 inches below his knee.
#4 – With the 24th overall pick in the 1991 draft, the Raiders picked USC QB Todd Marinovich..
Groomed from birth to be a “perfect athlete,” Marinovich never lived up to such high expectations. He had an up and down college career, in 1989 becoming the first freshman to start at QB for USC since WWII, taking the Trojans 9-2-1 and defeated Michigan in the 1990 Rose Bowl. That year he was named UPI and The Sporting News College Freshman of the Year for 1989.
In 1991, Oakland selected Marinovich with the 24th overall pick. That year he only played in the final 2 games of the season. In the 92 season, after the Raiders went 0-2 with Jay Schroeder at QB, Marionvich was named starter. He threw for 395 yards in a loss in his first start that season and lost the following week as the Raiders started 0-4. He then won three of his next four games before losing to the Cowboys. His best game during that span was against Buffalo on October 11, 1992, where he completed 11 of 21 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-3 win. The following week Marinovich started against the Eagles, seeing three of his first 10 passes intercepted. Schroeder regained the starting job and Marinovich never played again in the NFL.
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