Drafting a quarterback in the first round and having that player not develop into an unquestioned starter can set back a franchise years. That’s precisely what happened to the Raiders 12 years ago, when late owner Al Davis used the No. 1 pick on JaMarcus Russell. But, if ever there’s a time to take the
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."