Johnathan Abram wasn’t the first safety selected in this year’s NFL draft, but he was the best overall safety prospect based upon what one long-time NFL scout saw during extensive pre-draft research. The Green Bay Packers snared Maryland’s Darnell Savage Jr. with the 21st pick on April 25. The Raiders grabbed Abram six picks later
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."