Jon Gruden shares his thoughts on new Raiders GM Mike Mayock

Report: Raiders To Hire Draft Analyst Mike Mayock As General Manager

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Calling it "the formal unification of something that has been going on for a really long time", Mike Mayock said the timing was finally right, as the longtime NFL Network draft analyst was introduced as the Oakland Raiders' general manager on Monday. 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 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. Bringing in Mayock is a great move for multiple reasons.

Mayock is known as a grinder when it comes to scouting, so he seems like the ideal match for Gruden's personality.

A Raiders helmet is seen prior the NFL football game between Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders at Azteca Stadium on November 21, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico.

The team certainly can use Mayock's expertise, as it will have four picks within the top 35 of the 2019 NFL Draft in April.

The Raiders finished the 2018 season with a 4-12 record, collecting a cadre of draft picks along the way.

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Both Gruden and Mayock know each other well, as they have worked with each other during the annual NFL Draft until Gruden was hired by the Raiders.

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

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Mayock understands that his role in this Raiders hierarchy is to give coaches the best possible version of the player they want.

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