ALAMEDA, Calif. — Calling it “the formal unification of one thing that has been occurring for a extremely very long time,” Mike Mayock mentioned the timing was lastly right, because the longtime NFL Community draft analyst was launched because the Oakland Raiders’ common supervisor on Monday.
Mayock additionally interviewed “10 or 12 years in the past” with late Raiders proprietor Al Davis.
The Raiders, coming off a Four-12 season in Jon Gruden’s first yr as coach, have employed NFL Community draft analyst Mike Mayock as their common supervisor.
Earlier than the season started, the Raiders traded Khalil Mack. From there, Gruden’s rebuilding challenge should take care of stadium questions and draft capital.
“I flew out right here clandestinely to meet Mr. Al Davis and he took me into this constructing, and he hid me for eight hours and he grilled me on every little thing, as you already know, and I got here out of the constructing that day with my head spinning,” Mayock mentioned. “No one ever knew for a few years that he and I had talked a couple of potential job with the Oakland Raiders that way back. So, I feel the harmonic convergence of what is occurred right now is type of cool.
“I am jacked. I am juiced. I am prepared to go and there is no one I would slightly go to conflict with than [coach] Jon Gruden and [owner] Mark Davis.”
The Raiders have a formidable conflict chest going ahead, with three first-round draft picks in April (their very own at No. Four general in addition to these belonging to the playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears) and an estimated $80 million in wage cap house, to proceed a roster rebuild. Even when the Raiders — who transfer to Las Vegas in 2020 — nonetheless would not have a house for 2019.
Mayock replaces Reggie McKenzie, who was fired after virtually seven years on Dec. 10. Mayock has loads of school scouting expertise, however he acknowledged he’ll want assist in the day-to-day operations. Mayock had drawn curiosity from groups with common supervisor openings in recent times, together with Washington earlier than the 2017 season.
“I have been in all 32 buildings for the final 15 years,” he mentioned. “I do know what it appears like, I do know what it smells like — I simply want somewhat assist with the mechanics.”
Enter Gruden, who praised Mayock for his “folks expertise” and power.
“If it is a good commerce, I am going to make the calls; if it is a dangerous commerce, will probably be Mayock. That is the best way it is going to be round right here,” Gruden mentioned to laughter.
Gruden mentioned he didn’t anticipate any adjustments on the scouting aspect of issues, crediting Raiders director of school scouting Shaun Herock for his work.
“However I do assume Mike goes to speak to lots of people, and if he finds anyone on the market that may are available and have the identical imaginative and prescient that we now have, we’re going to leap on the desk to get that man in right here,” Gruden mentioned. “We’re going to lead the league in effort. I can’t make some other guarantees than that.
“Mayock and I shall be dedicated to working collectively. We’re going to be enthusiastic about what we do, we’re going to be loyal to each other and we’re going to lead the league in effort. And if we do not, I would like to meet the 2 that beats us in that.”
Davis mentioned he has talked with Mayock on the sidelines earlier than video games.
“At all times telling him how a lot I respect his outlook and measured method to expertise analysis,” Davis mentioned. “And I all the time felt that I might love to have him as a part of the Raider group. I did not know in what function … when the chance got here to speak with Mike this time round, he was one of many first folks we wished to speak to, and he hit it out of the park.”
Davis mentioned the Raiders had “5 or 6 intensive interviews” for the place however wouldn’t title names, for aggressive causes.
In Mayock’s interview, Davis didn’t quiz Mayock, as his father did a decade in the past, in an enormous convention room, having him draw up formations and fronts on the grease board.
“And after I was doing that, I noticed he was already on the subsequent matter,” Mayock mentioned of the elder Davis, corresponding to itemizing the highest 5 quarterbacks in that yr’s draft. Then Davis modified the subject once more.
“And for six to eight hours, he hopped from matter to matter and I noticed my solutions wanted to be fast, wanted to be on level, as a result of he is transferring on. That is how he challenged folks … get you off kilter somewhat bit to see the way you react.”
Mayock sees a few of that in Gruden, with how he challenges folks.
The problem for Mayock now, although, is getting caught up on the Raiders’ roster, which noticed 38 gamers on the staff’s last 53-man roster of 2018 not play a single snap for Oakland in 2017, and simply seven of McKenzie’s 50 draft picks made earlier than Gruden’s return on that 53-man roster.
The Raiders completed Four-12, two years after going 12-Four, although they did win three of their final seven video games.
“It’s vital that we hit the bottom working, and the excellent news for me is I am already forward on the faculty aspect,” mentioned Mayock, who has been scouting school gamers since July. “Job No. 1 for me is to get on the identical web page with the teaching employees concerning the present Raider roster.”
Requested if Derek Carr, who signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension in the summertime of 2017, was the Raiders’ longtime reply at quarterback, Mayock didn’t hesitate.
“That is actually a part of my research right now,” Mayock mentioned. “Backside line, it is easy to choose names right now, however I am not going to make a touch upon anyone on the present roster till I’ve performed an entire deep dive and I’ve had an opportunity to meet with all of the coaches.”