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Raiders Own an Embarrassing Streak in NFL Draft

The Las Vegas Raiders' recent draft record in the first round has been less than impressive.
The Las Vegas Raiders' recent draft record in the first round has been less than impressive. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Each year, teams have the chance to reload their roster with top talent in the NFL Draft. The first round is key for any franchise to find players that will hopefully be part of their long-term future.

However, the Las Vegas Raiders have struggled mightily in that area since 2008.

Las Vegas hasn't given a contract extension to a first-round pick since they selected Darren McFadden in 2008. That fact speaks to the ever-changing nature of the Raiders' roster, with them trading away top talent or ending up with first-round picks that aren't worth keeping around.

Some very talented players have been drafted by the Raiders, like Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, but they were traded before they could sign a second contract with the team. And there have been misses, too, like Darrius Heyward-Bey and Rolando McClain.

Las Vegas has several young players who could stick around and break the second contract curse, with Kolton Miller, Josh Jacobs and Jonathan Abram all impressing as former first-round picks.

With the No. 17 pick this year, the Raiders will try to identify another gifted player who has a chance to stay with the team for the long term.

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