An unexpected development at the scouting combine last year enabled the Raiders to snare well-regarded defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. in the fifth round of the draft, despite Hurst Jr. being considered a first-round prospect. Lightning might strike twice for the Raiders if they are able to draft Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson lower than
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."