Oakland Raiders hiring draft analyst Mike Mayock as general manager



They missed the playoffs for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons, but do have three first-round picks in April's draft, including the No. 4 overall pick.

"I flew out here clandestinely to meet Mr. Al Davis and he took me into this building, and he hid me for eight hours and he grilled me on everything, as you know, and I came out of the building that day with my head spinning", Mayock said. All three were former players who got executive jobs after years of broadcasting rather than rising up the ranks of National Football League front offices. The team has an out if they decide to move on from him.

The new GM spoke with the Bay Area sports media on Monday afternoon, sitting alongside Gruden and principle Raiders owner Mark Davis. "And I want to just put an exclamation point on how excited I am".

If you thought the Raiders had a busy offseason previous year, the 2019 offseason promises to be even more chaotic. "He'll prove his worth quickly". Oakland received its third first-round draft pick in the deal.

Oakland had a 39-70 record under McKenzie, who helped orchestrate trades that shipped out former first-round picks and Pro Bowl performers Khalil Mack (Bears) and Amari Cooper (Cowboys) during Gruden's first season back on the sidelines since his "Monday Night Football" run.

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. They've had a bad season, new coach, potential franchise relocation, and questionable player movement that have been the big stories surrounding them.

While Carr showed some signs of improvement late in the season as he grew more comfortable in Gruden's system, the offense lacked playmakers on the outside and a game-breaking running back. He played in nine games for the New York Giants and later for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts before joining the NFL Network as a broadcaster.

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