In a perfect world, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock would have found a suitable trade offer and vacated the No. 19 spot, while acquiring one or more extra draft picks. Instead, they stayed put and got defensive. With the 19th pick, Gruden and Mayock selected Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette,
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."