Raiders Are On The Clock

NEW YORK (AP) - It's a day that has pro football fanatics drooling. The N-F-L is conducting its annual draft.

The Oakland Raiders have the first pick thanks to their league-worst showing last season. They've been playing it close to the vest but are widely expected to choose between quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell of L-S-U and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn, or Georgia Tech wideout Calvin Johnson.

The Raiders have been in need of an elite quarterback since Rich Gannon's career ended nearly four years ago, and their recent draft history shows they've blown the search over and over again.

Oakland passed on Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) and Philip Rivers in 2004 and Matt Leinart (LYN'-urt) and Jay Cutler last year. All four of them have already earned the number-one job with the club that did draft them.