Ordinarily, the Raiders rookie draft picks have already had their first minicamp or be preparing for their first one.
Not so in the year of the lockout, where there apparently will be no ruling today on the stay which put the work stoppage back in place after about a day of the NFL being open for business.
For what it’s worth, rookie draft picks have been assigned numbers according to the team roster on Raiders.com. They are as follows:
72 Joe Barksdale
35 CB Chemdi Chekwa
82 TE Richard Gordon
86 WR David Ausberry
17 WR Denarius Moore
38 CB DeMarcus Van Dyke
61 C Stefen Wisniewski
Wisniewski wore No. 61 in college at Penn State.
No. 76, the number worn by Steffen’s uncle, Steve Wisniewski, will become available once Robert Gallery moves on.
But while Steffen said he welcomed having to live up to the legacy of his uncle, the plan didn’t include wearing his uniform number.
“I don’t think I can take that one, no. That’s his number. I’ll find my own,” Wisniewski said.
Actually, it’s not his number. The Raiders don’t retire uniform numbers.