In fact, there's a better chance Russell gets credited with a couple interceptions than he takes anything out of an end-of-season meeting with an outfit that quit trying weeks ago. He could use the comfort of strip clubs and 24-hour, all-you-can eat buffets right now.
Plus, it's not exactly a surprise that JaM-JaM can manage to underachieve when it comes to off-field, football-related endeavors, too. Which is why I find this more troubling (and also extremely hilarious): ESPN's Mel Kiper, who presumably gets paid to accurately assess college player's potential in the NFL, had this to say seconds after Roger Goodell announced that the Raiders would be taking Russell with the first overall pick of the 2007 draft (Via You Been Blinded).
"JaMarcus Russell's gonna immediately energize that Raider Nation, that fanbase, that football team -- on the practice field, in that locker room -- three years from now you could be looking at a guy that's certainly one of the elite top-five quarterbacks in this league.
You're talking about a 2-3 year period once he's under center. Look out because skill level that he has is certainly John Elway-like."
Lord. The only way Hair Helmet could have been more wrong is if he added, "Whoever lands Brady Quinn will be even happier than the Raiders and Russell. Oh, and some owner really should give Jim Zorn a head-coaching gig. I see multiple Super Bowls in his future."
"One of the elite top-five quarterbacks in this league." That's definitely going on the tombstone.