The Oakland Raiders will be early participants in the 2004 draft, thanks to a dreadful 4-12 season. How exactly does one determine the notion of "boom" or "bust?" Again, that's open for discussion.
If, say, a first or second round draft pick does not minimally become a starter within three years of being drafted, that situation could be construed as a bust because the team invested a lot in that player. Notice how we say "three" years. That is because it takes some players more time to reach their potential. If, however, a third-round pick or later does not pan out, he should not be considered a bust because the team does not invest much in such players.
Here's a closer look at the previous three Raider drafts:
Marques Tuiasosopo (Washington), quarterback, second round: Too early to draw any conclusion after playing a half in two games.
Raymond Perryman (Northern Arizona), safety, fifth round: Never could climb up the depth chart. He has since joined Jacksonville.
Chris Cooper (Nebraska-Omaha), defensive tackle, sixth round: Cooper is exactly what teams hope for in sixth round picks. He's a capable starter if need be but is a guy that adds quality depth.
Ken-Yon Rambo (Ohio State), wide receiver, seventh round: Cut at the end of camp that year. He has since been a Dallas Cowboy and New York Jet.
Phillip Buchanon (Miami-Florida), cornerback, first round:He has been electrifying as a punt returner but still has a lot to prove as a cornerback.
Napoleon Harris (Northwestern), linebacker, first round: He became a starter so instantly that the Raiders cut popular veteran Greg Biekert to make room for him.
Langston Walker (California), offensive tackle, second round: He has been a capable fill-in but now is his time to show that he is starter's material.
Doug Jolley (BYU), tight end, second round: He became an immediate contributor but many wonder if he is a tight end trapped in a receiver's body.
Kenyon Coleman (UCLA), defensive end, fifth round: Looked like he was on his way toward pushing for a starting spot but traded to Dallas at the end of last preseason.
Keyon Nash (Albany State), safety, sixth round: Could get another shot to make the team this year.
Larry Ned (San Diego State), running back, sixth round: Has since joined Minnesota.
Ronald Curry (North Carolina), wide receiver, seventh round: Still trying to make the position change from quarterback to wide receiver.
Nnamdi Asomugha (California), cornerback, first round: He could fit in as either a corner or safety but which one could he master?
Tyler Brayton (Colorado), defensive end, first round: Had a baptism by fire last season. He should continue to improve in his second year.
Teyo Johnson (Stanford), tight end, second round: Still trying to make the transition from college wide receiver to NFL tight end.
Sam Williams (Fresno State), defensive end, third round: Oakland was high on Williams but has not seen near enough to know where he fits in the picture.
Justin Fargas (USC), running back, third round: He's got the big-play capability but can he stay healthy enough to be a full-time back?
Shurron Pierson (South Florida), linebacker, fourth round: Special teams is his best shot to make the roster.
Doug Gabriel (Central Florida), wide receiver, fifth round: Who knows if he's a diamond in the rough as a receiver but he showed big-play capability as a kickoff returner late last season.
Dustin Rykert (BYU), offensive tackle, sixth round: Did not hook on with another team after Oakland cut him.
Siddeeq Shabazz (New Mexico State), seventh round: Picked up by Atlanta after Oakland cut him.
Ryan Hoag (Gustavus Adolphus), seventh round: On the New York Giants practice squad after Oakland cut him.