Raiders general manager Mike Mayock was a conspicuous observer at the national championship game at the conclusion of last year’s NCAA season. Hence, it was no surprise that he and head coach Jon Gruden used their first two picks and four of their nine overall selections on players from that game. It’s a safe bet
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."