Who Is Mike Mayock? Oakland Raiders Hire New General Manager

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock interviewed for the Oakland Raiders’ general manager opening. More

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock interviewed for the Oakland Raiders’ general manager opening. More

Mayock, 60, has never worked in an NFL front office, but he played in the league as a defensive back in 1982 and 1983, and is widely considered one of the top draft experts.

The hire is the latest change in Gruden's first season back with Oakland after the team traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper this season and fired GM Reggie McKenzie earlier this month.

Maybe Mayock works out great.

"But I do think Mike is going to talk to a lot of people, and if he finds somebody out there that can come in and have the same vision that we have, we're going to jump on the table to get that guy in here", Gruden said. "It really comes down to ... let's get to the right answer for the Oakland Raiders". Mayock will guide a team with about $80-million in cap space and 3 first round draft picks.

Assuming Mayock has already earned Gruden's trust, it should be a good thing that Gruden can focus more on the field and less on day-to-day personnel matters. He began his broadcasting career in 2005 with the NFL Network.

The Raiders, under the Gruden and Mayock leadership, will have three first-round draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Oakland has just one winning season in the past 16 years, going 12-4 under Jack Del Rio in 2016.

They will evaluate the talent on the roster now and then dive into the draft plans.

In my opinion, Mike Mayock, Jon Gruden, and the rest of the Raiders staff will need to address the current roster and evaluate what they want to do.

Rob Parker and Doug Gottlieb debate the Raiders hiring Mike Mayock as their GM. "I'm ready to go and there's nobody I'd rather go to war with than [coach] Jon Gruden and [owner] Mark Davis".

Mayock played for the New York Giants in 1982 and '83. The team has an out if they decide to move on from him.

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