If Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock had some kind of assurance that they could get a player like linebacker Leighton Vander Esch at No. 19, they would count their silver-and-black blessings. However, it’s the prospect of ending up with someone like Ashley Lelie at No. 19 that leaves open 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."