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Raiders look to reverse recent bad luck in NFL draft

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — For seven straight years starting in 2004, the Oakland Raiders had a top 10 pick in the NFL draft only to end up disappointed in the outcome.
Six botched selections and one misguided trade later, the results from those years add up to no playoff berths, no winning records, no Pro Bowl invitations and only oft-injured Darren McFadden left on the roster.
There were perceived safe picks like Robert Gallery in 2004 that never developed. There were reaches like Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2009 who failed to prove the critics wrong. Then there was JaMarcus Russell, perhaps the biggest ...


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