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November 4, 2008
Front office mistakes haunt the Raiders

Bad teams cannot afford to waste draft picks.

And if the Raiders go ahead and waive DeAngelo Hall, it will be another draft blunder for the team.

The Raiders gave up their pick in the second round of this year's draft for Hall.

The Raiders remain one of the NFL's worst teams because of bad personnel decisions.

A year after cutting a third-round pick, the team could have nothing to show for a high second-round pick, too.

Here are a couple of players they could have drafted with the Hall pick:

WR DeSean Jackson
WR Eddie Royal

All have more catches than any Raider. Either would have given JaMarcus Russell a receiver he might have confidence in and someone to grow with for years to come.

Instead, the Raiders bragged about their second-round pick being Hall. Hall's salary for this million is $8 million.

And what will the Raiders have to show for it, should they waive Hall?

Stanford Routt starting at cornerback, which they could have done to start with and save a lot of money.

Cornerback wasn't a big area of need to begin with. Had the team retained Chris Carr to go with Routt and Chris Johnson, the Raiders would have been fine at cornerback.

At the very least, Hall helped Asomugha in his contract talks with the Raiders in the offseason.

Hall's struggle to adapt in the Raiders' system is more proof it takes a special talent to do what Asomugha does so well and that even talented players can't step in and do what Asomugha does.

The NFL Network reports waiving Hall would save the Raiders $16 million. That would be money well spent on Asomugha. reported receiver Javon Walker and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly are among as many as 15 players that could be gone soon.

If the team had acted wisely in the offseason, there would be no need to do this.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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