There’s no way to gauge which of the top players will be available when the Raiders make their first-round selection Thursday night. Two things are certain, though: One, the Raiders are going to land a player that should be able to make a significant contribution from the outset; two, someone currently on the roster is
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."