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.
Just talked to Mike Mayock, who is here in Kansas City. Said he has interviewed with the Raiders for their vacant GM/personnel executive post. He wouldn't elaborate any more than that. Mayock said lots of folks have interviewed.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) December 30, 2018
We would miss him... but the #Raiders would get smarter. https://t.co/RIWEY1WJX0— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2018
December 30, 2018
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.