In 2013, then-Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie traded down to No. 12 and used that selection on cornerback D.J. Hayden. A year earlier, the Philadelphia Eagles selected defensive tackle Fletcher Cox at No. 12. That about sums up the hit-and-miss nature of picking just outside the top 10 in the NFL draft. Yet, that’s where
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."