Raiders late-owner Al Davis wasn’t fond of using first-round draft picks on linebackers, even though the last first-round pick he ever made was linebacker Rolando McClain. Not much has changed since Davis’ long reign ended. The Raiders technically last used a first-round pick on a linebacker in 2014, when they selected Khalil Mack. That doesn’t
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."