History could’ve looked a lot different for the Las Vegas Raiders if they didn’t make so many draft mistakes in the 21st century.
There are two that especially stand out and hurt the most. In 2005, they selected cornerback Fabian Washington at No. 23 overall. The next pick? California quarterback and future four-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Two years later, the Raiders used the No. 1 selection on LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell. And who went right after Russell? Future Hall of Famer and wide receiver Calvin Johnson to the Detroit Lions.
Oh, how history was almost completely different.
Back in 2007, the Packers eyed the idea of uniting star wide receiver Randy Moss with quarterback Brett Favre. The Raiders and Packers held discussions that would’ve seen Rodgers come to Green Bay in exchange for Rodgers.
And as noted by the @_MLFootball account, the Raiders would’ve likely used the top pick on Johnson. And that would’ve given them a dream combo of Rodgers and Megatron.
Fortunately for the Packers, the deal never materialized. Moss did go on to enjoy a record-breaking season in 2007 following his trade to the New England Patriots, but Rodgers gave the Packers 15 great years of stability at quarterback. And, most importantly, a Super Bowl 45 championship.
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