It is arguable that Patrick Willis is the best player that came out of that draft. To put it into perspective, if you look at the 1996 draft, http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1996/draft.htm
, who wouldn't take Ray Lewis number 1 overall JUST because he plays inside linebacker? However, I'm not upset over anyone picking CJ over Willis. The fact is, Calvin Johnson has had a remarkable start to his career and his numbers are comparable to the GOAT over the first six seasons. It's not Johnson's fault that he was drafted by Detroit however.
Someone pointed this out already, but it's pretty funny that there were 4 possible Hall of Famers available and the Raiders draft Jamarcus Russell. That makes the pick look worse than say the Chargers picking Ryan Leaf (not to excuse the pick, but the best players available after Manning were Randy Moss, Hines Ward, Fred Taylor, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Birk, and Takeo Spikes). You have 1 sure fire Hall of Famer, 1 possible, and some other very good players available. It's amazing how the talent can differ from one draft to the next.