Since the 2003 Superbowl blunder where the Oakland Raiders lost 49-21 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the franchise has been on the decline. The Raiders haven’t had a winning season since 2003, and they have had various incidents of drama surrounding the franchise. In 2011, the Raiders finally had a decent offense and defense, and were predicted to make a tough fight to win the AFC West division. The Raiders, under the new direction of head coach Hugh Jackson and his creative offensive formations, had all the right pieces in motion. The franchise had a good start to the 2011 season, but in October 2011, long-time Raiders owner Al Davis died after complications from surgery. Davis was the face of the Raiders, but he was also a pioneer in the development of the NFL.
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Its been two weeks since the 2012 NFL Draft has ended. Still, many people throughout the NFL are excited and talking about all the players that were selected in this year’s draft class of 2012. Many teams scored major picks and some did not draft as well as they have in the past. Coming into the draft five names stood out the most, which were Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Matt Kalil, and Justin Blackmon. For months these five individuals were talked about as being the potential top 5 NFL draft picks of the 2012 draft, and in the end they were. Every year the NFL draft is a time of happiness, frustration, and sadness, because some players are drafted early, and some are drafted in later rounds by teams. The 2012 NFL Draft was a draft in which the new generation of college players are now bigger, stronger, and faster. The NFL and Commissioner Rodger Goodell are very excited for the future of these players and for the league.