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New Raiders GM Mike Mayock: Jon Gruden has final say over roster

Mike Mayock

Jon Gruden has been the de facto general manager of the Oakland Raiders since the team hired him as head coach last year, and he will maintain final say over roster decisions even with Mike Mayock now in the mix.

In an interview with ESPN’s Steve Levy at the college football title game Monday night, Mayock spoke about how excited he is to work with Gruden this offseason. When asked what the power dynamic will be like in terms of reporting to team owner Mark Davis, Mayock was surprisingly candid.

“In all honesty, Jon’s got final say, if it ever comes to that, and I’ve got zero problems with that,” he said. “”Now, having said that, I think we’re going to come to a consensus, and I like a little yelling, a little screaming, a little fighting for what players you believe in. But at the end of the day, I guarantee you, Jon Gruden and I are going to know what a Raider looks like and smells like. I don’t think we’re going to have any issues.”

The fact that Mayock has no prior front office experience probably appealed to the Raiders, as he will be less likely to come in and try to push Gruden around. Gruden wanted say over personnel matters when he agreed to return to Oakland, and working with Mayock will clearly give him plenty of that.

Oakland finished 4-12 this season and has three first-round picks to work with, and Mayock has been considered one of the better talent evaluators in the media for several years. He was previously believed to be a candidate for another GM job, but his strong relationship with Gruden definitely played a role in the Raiders hiring him.

Raiders hiring Mike Mayock to be next GM

Mike Mayock

The Oakland Raiders have wasted no time filling their general manager vacancy in advance of the offseason, and the man they’re hiring has no prior front office experience.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Raiders are expected to introduce NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock as their GM as early as Monday.

Schefter notes that Mayock once interviewed for Oakland’s GM job with late owner Al Davis, and he is quite familiar with the Raiders from the time he spent around the team when head coach Jon Gruden returned last summer.

While Mayock has no prior experience as an executive, he is considered one of the better talent evaluators in the media and played safety in the NFL. He also appears to have a solid relationship with Gruden, who has a lot of power within the Raiders organization. A first-time GM will probably have less trouble working with Gruden than an experienced one would.

Mayock was previously believed to be a candidate for another GM job, but nothing ever came of that. With the Raiders having finished 4-12 in Gruden’s first year, Mayock will be called upon to help the team figure out the best way to use three first-round draft picks and restock a depleted roster.

Report: Raiders have interviewed Mike Mayock for GM job

Mike Mayock

The Oakland Raiders turned to a prominent TV personality when hiring a new head coach, and they may do the same when it comes to filling their general manager vacancy.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Raiders have interviewed NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock for their GM position, and he is considered a strong candidate for the job.

Mayock has served as an NFL Network analyst since 2004 and has no front office experience at any level. He has previously been linked to one GM job, but nothing came of it.

Hiring Mayock would certainly be a risk. While he’s well-known to fans through his TV work, he’s a total unknown as an executive and it’s unclear how he would coexist with coach Jon Gruden, who seems to have immense power within the organization.

Mike Mayock has harsh criticism for Big 12 defenses

Mike Mayock

Big 12 fans and coaches are not going to like what Mike Mayock had to say about their football conference.

The NFL Network draft analyst held a conference call on Friday to discuss the draft. He talked about the Big 12 and while praising their offensive creativity, he questioned their defenses. He pointed out how Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were tied at 38 at halftime of their game. He said that aside from Texas, none of the conference’s defenses were very tough, which makes it really difficult to evaluate the offensive players for the NFL.

“You’re not going to like this, and Big 12 coaches aren’t going to like me. I’m just going to say what the — I’ve had a lot of conversations around the league, and sometimes Big 12 football is really hard to watch, especially from a defensive perspective,” Mayock said.

“It’s hard to evaluate those guys. … I’m not taking a shot at their style of football. I’m just saying it’s a different evaluation for the NFL people.”

Mayock is speaking from a talent evaluator standpoint, so he’s not knocking the entertainment level provided by the conference. He’s also not saying they’re worse than other conferences. And he’s not even saying that Big 12 players won’t succeed in the NFL. He’s explaining why it’s tough to evaluate those players, and he’s probably not alone in his thoughts.

Just wait until guys like Gary Patterson hear about this, because you know he’ll have a response.

Mike Mayock predicts Browns will draft Sam Darnold No. 1 overall

Sam Darnold

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock thinks that the Cleveland Browns will take Sam Darnold with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Mayock held a conference call on Friday with other media members to answer questions about the upcoming draft. He was asked what he thinks the Browns will do with their first pick.

“If you’re asking me for my gut feel, just based on all the film work I’ve done and talking to people around the league, et cetera, my gut tells me that at one, Cleveland will take Sam Darnold,” Mayock said, via the Akron Beacon Journal.

Mayock is a fan of Josh Allen, ranking him as his second quarterback and saying he has a high ceiling. But he thinks the Browns will go with the USC product over him. That differs from what another NFL Network draft analyst has said.

As far as quarterbacks go, Mayock ranks Darnold first, then Allen, then Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. You can see our quarterback rankings here.

Report: Mike Mayock a candidate for Washington GM job

The Washington Redskins are going off the beaten path when looking at potential general manager candidates.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is a candidate to take over the position.

This would certainly be something. Mayock is well-known among fans for his analysis and presence on television. He did have a brief NFL playing career, but he has no experience whatsoever in a front office or executive role. Of course, given the supposed jealousy that led to Scot McCloughan’s firing, that may be exactly what Bruce Allen wants.

Tyrann Mathieu calls out Mike Mayock over doubting him in the draft

Tyrann MathieuThere was once a time when Tyrann Mathieu was considered the best cornerback in the nation and a lock to be selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. Mathieu has always lacked size, but his ball skills and athletic ability made him the best defensive back in the country at LSU. Then, he decided he couldn’t lay off the wacky tabacky.

Once that happened, the Honey Badger’s draft stock plummeted. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock apparently bet some NFL coach that Mathieu would not be selected in the first 50 picks of the draft, and he was right. The former Tiger was taken at No. 69, but he still hasn’t forgotten what Mayock said about him.

Mathieu is likely motivated even more by the fact that Mayock’s analysis wasn’t based on failed drug tests. Mayock gave him a fourth or fifth round grade because he thinks he will be nothing more than a nickel corner and a kick returner in the NFL.

Motivation is a good thing. Mathieu insists he has been staying on the right track, and Mayock could provide him with another reason to keep it that way. If he ends up as an effective corner in the NFL, he might owe the analyst a thank you.

Video via The Big Lead

Grading the Mock Drafts: Pro Football Weekly, Todd McShay, and Mike Mayock Got the Most Right

We see so much of these draft experts during February, March, and April it could make our heads explode (if not theirs). Turns out, the three most well-known draft experts might actually have their jobs because they’re better than just about everyone at what they do. When comparing the mock drafts of Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN with Mike Mayock’s of NFL Network, Sporting News’ War Room, Don Banks’ at SI, Pro Football Talk’s, Jay Glazer and Peter Schrager’s of FOX Sports, five experts from CBS Sports, Pro Football Weekly’s, and National Football Posts, PFW, McShay, and Mayock all had the best.

Pro Football Weekly’s mock draft blew everyone out of the water getting an absurd 15 of 32 correct. Todd McShay was the best individual expert of the mock drafts I reviewed, nailing eight first-round picks on the nose, and essentially three others (he had the Broncos’ 12 and 18 selections correct, just in reverse order, and the Bucs taking Josh Freeman). National Football Post got 10 right and essentially one other (Freeman to TB). Mike Mayock had 10 exactly right from the first-round, just like NFP. Kiper got eight right and essentially one other with the Bucs taking Freeman at 19. Rob Rang, Chad Reuter, Clark Judge, and Pro Football Talk all had seven picks right in the first-round but didn’t have any other picks “essentially right” they way Kiper and McShay did. Top information guys like Mike Lombardi from NFL Network and National Football Post, and Don Banks at SI only got two first-round picks right. Jay Glazer and Peter Schrager at FOX only had five and three, respectively.

Furthermore, two “expert drafts” had Everette Brown going in the top 10. He went 43rd overall to the Panthers. Some dumbass articles just looking to pick on people say that McShay, Mayock, and Kiper have no idea what they’re doing because they got as many wrong as they did. In order to judge these, you have to look at success rates like batting averages or NBA field goal percentages. PFW blew everyone away batting .469. Mayock and NFP were next at .313, but McShay and NFP essentially went .344. When you figure that most people got well under 20% right, these guy’s predictions look a whole lot better. Let’s ease off them, please.

Special thanks to LBS contributor The Driver for help on this project.

UPDATE: A couple of Danish guys tell me they beat almost all the experts.