Draft Scout Snapshot: Previously, the latest slot the Raiders ever used on their first selection was No. 54 on Washington defensive end Dave Browning in 1978. The hope of general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen was for depth and players who could compete for roster spots regardless of position, and at best that's what they will get. Tony Bergstrom and fourth-round pick Miles Burris fit the McKenzie mold as players whose love for the details of football and unquestioned effort on the field make them likely contributors. The draft did contain two Al Davis-like picks in defensive linemen Jack Crawford and Christo Bilukidi, gifted athletes who were originally basketball players before taking up the sport late in high school and then playing in college. Unless Bilukidi pans out instantly as an interior presence against the run, the Raiders did not appear to make a move designed to shore up one of the NFL's worst run defenses over the past nine years. BEST PICK: Guard/tackle Tony Bergstrom: Bergstrom has the requisite mobility and skill to be an excellent cut-blocker in the zone blocking scheme. He'll begin as a guard, but if the Raiders want to keep Cooper Carlisle in the lineup they could move him to right tackle and he would have a chance eventually to start there. - The Sports Xchange
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11/12/15 - C Tony Bergstrom, the first draft pick ever made by general manager Reggie McKenzie, saw his first regular-season action since Dec. 30, 2012 against Pittsburgh.
Bergstrom, who has played both tackle and guard, was on the Raiders' 53-man roster but inactive for all 16 games last season. In 2013, Bergstrom was on injured reserve with a foot injury.
As a rookie in 2012, Bergstrom played in nine games with a single start. All his play this season had been on special teams until he played 16 snaps following an ankle injury to Rodney Hudson.
"Every week I've basically gone into every game as though I'm starting and I try to be as prepared as possible, be as prepared as anyone else who's going out there and it's just become habit," Bergstrom said.
Upon entering the game, Bergstrom said the Steelers predictably turned up the pressure over center.
"I graded out pretty well," Bergstrom said. "There are always things to clean up. The Steelers are obviously a really good team and the second I went in there, they threw everything but the kitchen sink. Actually, everything and the kitchen sink. They got in into the back pages of that playbook, but that's what any team would do with a new center going in there."
09/01/13 - G Tony Bergstrom (foot) was placed on reserve/injured by the Raiders Saturday.
09/01/13 - OL Tony Bergstrom went on injured reserve after appearing to settle in at left guard, causing the Raiders to reshuffle the guard positions and put veteran Mike Brisiel back into the picture on the right side.
12/30/12 - G Tony Bergstrom started at right guard in place of the injured Mike Brisiel and alternated with undrafted rookie free Lucas Nix, who was inactive for 15 games.
12/24/12 - OL Tony Bergstrom would play if G Mike Brisiel (concussion) can't go this week.
12/17/12 - OL Tony Bergstrom played 22 snaps as the Raiders went heavy with extra tight-end sets to help with the running game.
11/21/12 - OL Tony Bergstrom had lots of work as an extra tight end in running formations and is expected to have that role continue or be expanded against Cincinnati.
11/18/12 - OL Tony Bergstrom saw his most significant action of the season as an extra tight end for running plays.
11/08/12 - RT Tony Bergstrom, who could see action for the first time, is the brother-in-law of Baltimore linebacker Paul Kruger.
11/07/12 - RT Tony Bergstrom could play against Baltimore, and also get the chance to block his brother-in-law, Baltimore LB Paul Kruger. Bergstrom said he'd try not to focus in on the fact that his brother-in-law is across the line of scrimmage.
"It'd be hard, but you have to do your best," Bergstrom said. "It's just another nameless face out there."