Many of those quick to criticize the Raiders for taking offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood in the first round were quick to praise head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock for their initial selection Friday. That’s because Gruden and Mayock traded up with the 49ers so that they could get in position to take
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."