Gareon Conley, DJ Hayden, Fabian Washington and Phillip Buchanon. One by one, the cornerbacks selected by the Raiders in the first round arrived to great fanfare, with tremendous promise, only to flame out in a few short seasons. Heck, in the case of Conley, he didn’t even last three seasons with the Raiders before he
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."