The Raiders finished last season with two clear-cut impact players on defense in ends Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. Head coach Jon Gruden hoped second-year cornerback Gareon Conley would emerge as a third impact player this season, and the Raiders had an opportunity to land a fourth difference-maker with the 10th pick in the draft
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."