Teams expect to land impact players with their first-round draft picks. It’s what they do with their selections beyond the first round that make or break a draft class. Hence, there’s a premium on which players head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock snare with their five picks from rounds 3-7 in April.
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."