When the Detroit Lions took cornerback Jeff Okudah with the third pick of the draft, few questioned the selection. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden liked fellow Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette every bit as much as Okudah, yet he was criticized for using the 19th pick on Arnette. Time will tell, of course, how well
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."