Photo by USA Today Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock can exhale after almost four months of preparing for what unfolded Thursday night. They also can exchange some high-fives, back-slaps and man-hugs in light of turning three first-round draft picks into three potential impact players for a team in dire need of such. For so long,
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."