Raiders Scouts Sent Home Not Expected to Return Before NFL Draft
The 2019 NFL Draft is under a week away. The Oakland Raiders have long been considered the team to watch during the draft. This is due to their bevy of early round picks, they have four within the first 36 selections.
Every draft expert has claimed the Raiders as the team to watch during the NFL Draft. Not only because of their early selections, but also due to who is at their helm. Head Coach Jon Gruden worked with ESPN, most notably on Monday Night Football and on Jon Gruden’s Quarterback Camp. General Manager Mike Mayock was former NFL Network Draft Analyst for the past 14 years. He was the most well-known draft analyst in network television.
Both of them are well-known for their skills in pinpointing young athletic talent, most importantly at the quarterback position. Gruden was hired on to turn Derek Carr back into his MVP form. While Mayock was hired on to turn our five first-round draft picks in the next two drafts into superstars.
Some draft experts expect the Raiders to trade up to draft polarizing 2018 Heisman Trophy Winner Kyler Murray. Some expect the Raiders to stay put at four and select best pass rusher available. While the remaining experts think the Raiders should trade back and collect even more 1st round selections.
There was some major news to come out of Oakland this morning
Gruden and Mayock sent all the team’s scouts home before the weekend, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. The Raiders front office seems to want to plug all the holes and make sure nothing leaks out to the media.
Sources: #Raiders coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock sent their scouts home for the weekend and they are not expected to return by draft time. The belief is they don’t know who to trust and wanted to clear the room.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 19, 2019
A few weeks ago, Mayock said the team’s final weekend before the draft will be used to finalize their big board. He also stated a big chunk of the time will be used to simulate draft day moves. Mayock said that he wanted to not be caught off caught by any move that happens on draft night.
Las Vegas Review-Journal Raiders beat writer Michael Gehlken stated that this is why Gruden and Mayock sent the scouts home, not due to distrust.
Gehlken also said the majority of the scouts expect to be let go following the NFL Draft. This is considered standard procedure when new general managers are hired on.
It is worth noting what Raiders scouts have anticipated for months. That is, a shakeup in scouting department likely will occur after draft concludes. Not uncommon when new general manager is hired.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) April 19, 2019
It is tough to decide which side to believe. Did the scouts get sent home due to distrust or were they sent home so Gruden and Mayock can focus on their draft strategy? If I had to choose I would say it was a mixture of both. It is a difficult task trying to assume what is going on in Gruden and Mayock’s mind.
This is a really interesting move by Gruden and Mayock. Nobody can project what the Raiders will do come April 25th on draft night. This only creates more smoke in the Raiders draft room.