With three first-round draft picks last year, the consensus would have been that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock were most likely to succeed with the player they selected at No. 4 instead of at No. 24 or No. 27. The smart money doesn’t always win. As it turned out, the
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."