NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is set to become general manager of the Oakland Raiders.
Gruden said his relationship with Mayock dates back to 1995 when he was offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, and that the two have met often over the years and discussed the possibility of joining forces.
A draft analyst who has called pro games for the NFL Network and Notre Dame games for NBC, Mayock has zero front-office experience. "I think he's going to be able to give Gruden tons of input in the scouting process and he'll be the GM, but if you believe that anybody other than Jon Gruden is pulling the strings for the Raiders, you're insane".
It's a good thing Mayock knows the draft well, because the Raiders need to knock a couple of draft classes out of the park.
This was obviously a crucial hire for the Raiders after a disappointing 4-12 season in Gruden's first year on the job. Head coach/football czar Jon Gruden, owner Mark Davis and staff have spoken to several candidates about the position. Even if the Raiders - who move to Las Vegas in 2020 - still do not have a home for 2019. "I didn't know in what role. when the opportunity came to talk with Mike this time around, he was one of the first people we wanted to talk to, and he hit it out of the park".
Here are three reasons why the hiring makes sense for the Raiders.
Mayock played for the New York Giants in 1982 and '83. McKenzie was making the personnel decisions before Gruden was hired, and was easy to blame for the prior draft picks that Gruden didn't like.
The team originally had one first-round draft pick.
"I don't have all the answers", he said.