NFL draft expert Mike Mayock has interviewed for Raiders GM/exec job


NFL draft expert Mike Mayock has interviewed for Raiders GM/exec job

The Raiders are seeking a new front-office executive to replace fired general manager Reggie McKenzie, and they've interviewed someone very familiar with the NFL draft.

Mike Mayock, an NFL Network draft analyst, confirmed to NBC Sports California's Scott Bair on Sunday in Kansas City that he interviewed with the Raiders for their vacant GM/executive job.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Raiders have interviewed a minority candidate, thus complying with the league's Rooney Rule.

The Raiders will have three first-round draft picks in 2019, so Mayock's expertise in this area would be extremely valuable.

Mayock has been with NFL Network since 2004. He also has television experience with ABC Sports, Fox Sports Net and CBS Sports, and he worked NBC's Notre Dame football broadcasts from 2010 to 2014.

Mayock also had a very brief NFL playing career as a defensive back. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 10th round in 1981, Mayock later appeared in nine games over two seasons with the New York Giants.

McKenzie was fired by the Raiders on Dec. 10 after six seasons as GM. The team began its search for a replacement at that moment.

ESPN reported last week that former Giants GM Jerry Reese declined to interview with the Raiders, and it isn't known what other candidates have spoken with the team.

Derek Carr, relief pitcher? Fresno Grizzlies tweet offer to Raiders QB


Derek Carr, relief pitcher? Fresno Grizzlies tweet offer to Raiders QB

Derek Carr was tied for the NFL's fifth-most accurate quarterback in 2018, finishing the season with a career-high 68.9 percent completion percentage. But can he hit the strike zone?

We might learn the answer to that question as soon as next season.

After a Twitter exchange with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday night, the Fresno State alum could be in line to come out of the bullpen for the Washington Nationals affiliate.

If it was any sport other than minor-league baseball, we'd be skeptical of the chances. But no promotion is too outlandish during the dog days of summer -- shy of a team pulling an Air Bud. 

Or, the Grizzlies thought they were speaking with Ohio University pitcher Derek Carr.

Perhaps Carr would just want to get ahead of the curve, if a pair of online sportsbooks are to be believed. If the Raiders truly are the favorites to select Kyler Murray in the draft, chasing two-sport stardom is a novel approach from Carr. 

The 27-year-old also was a good sport about rumors surrounding his future in Silver and Black. 

With three first-round picks in this year's draft, maybe Gruden and new general manager Mike Mayock can consult the aspiring GM in their own locker room. 

Senior Bowl: Raiders to coach quality edge rushers, team's biggest need


Senior Bowl: Raiders to coach quality edge rushers, team's biggest need

The Senior Bowl rosters were announced on Wednesday morning, providing a complete look at the North squad the Raiders coaching staff will guide through a practice week and the Jan. 26 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Prized Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen isn’t on either roster despite a previous commitment to play the Senior Bowl -- he was expected to be on the South squad coached by the 49ers -- a bummer for all sides to be sure.

There are plenty of quality edge rushers on both sides, which will help Jon Gruden, Raiders scouts, and coaches get a close look at their biggest position of need.

Boston College pass rusher Zach Allen headlines the North Squad’s defensive ends and is someone commonly projected to go later in the first round or early in the second.

The Raiders, as a matter of fact, have three draft picks in that window. Their first pick sits at No. 4 overall, followed by 24, 27 and 35.

Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat was assigned to the North team, but the Raiders will still get to scout him in 49ers' run practices and see him play up close.

Most of the coaches’ time will be spent with the North side.

Let’s take a look at edge rusher on that team, which the Raiders will get a long look at this week:

Zach Allen, Boston College, 6-5, 285
Widely considered the top edge prospect on the North squad, Allen has burst and bend to get around tackles and to the quarterback. Analysts say he has a high ceiling and is a scheme-versatile defender. He’s solid against the run who can generate steady pressure. Impressing Raiders coaches could help him end up in silver and black with one of the team’s high picks.
Projected: Early rounds

Charles Omenihu, Texas, 6-6, 275
This big, agile defensive lineman is considered by many to be a top 50 pick, and a solid Senior Bowl week could secure such draft status. He was the best pass rusher in a Big XII not known for defense, but had a breakout senior year with 9.5 sacks. He can be a complete player impactful against the run and pass, without significant weaknesses. He hustles, plays with violence and is explosive. Keep an eye on him all week.
Projected: Early rounds

Jalen Jelks, Oregon, 6-6, 245
Jelks is super fast off the edge, and can use speed to create havoc off the edge. He also has great length, which helps him as a run defender. He isn’t the biggest pass rusher at 245 pounds, and while he’s a powerful player, he has a long way to go in terms of technique. He might be better suited for a 3-4 defense, but the Raiders can determine working with him whether he can fit into their system.
Projected: Early to middle rounds

L.J. Collier, TCU, 6-4, 276
Collier finished his senior season with six sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss, but is considered a later-round selection due to a lack of explosiveness and lackluster bend and flexibility. Analysts say he’s good taking advantage of poor blocking technique, but that won’t happen much at the NFL level. He should be considered a developmental prospect, though he has the competitive streak to push for continued improvement.
Projected: Late rounds

Byron Cowart, Maryland, 6-4, 293
This top prep recruit bounced around in college, from Auburn to a junior college and finally to Maryland. He has great size and athleticism, but should still be considered a project with a high upside. He must flash during the Senior Bowl to rise up draft boards
Projected: Late rounds

John Cominsky, Charleson 6-5, 275
The Senior Bowl offers small-school projects a chance to shine, and Cominsky must use the practice week to prove he can compete against the big boys. He had 39.5 tackles for a loss in the past two years.
Projected: Late rounds

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Here’s the full North roster: