Mark Davis and the Oakland Raiders found their new general manager just over two weeks after firing Reggie McKenzie.
The Raiders have hired NFL Network’s Mike Mayock to replace McKenzie.
Gruden added that Mayock loves football more than anyone he knows.
Mayock has been with NFL Network since 2004 when he joined the network as a bright football mind with deep draft knowledge and scouting reports.
Mayock will get a chance right away to show off his knowledge of the draft as the Raiders have three first-round draft picks in April’s draft, including the fourth-overall pick after a disappointing 4-12 season.
Two of those first-round picks come from trading Pro Bowl pass rusher Khalil Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper. In all, the Raiders went 39-70 during McKenzie’s tenure but did get out of a bad salary cap position while also reaching the postseason for the first time in 14 years.
Longtime colleague Rich Eisen gave Raider Nation a taste of what they can expect from Mayock.
What #Raiders fans can expect: a tireless worker steeped in scouting tradition with an unparalleled love & respect for the sport who consistently pegs talented players sharing that sentiment. And no heavy-legged waist-benders.
The ultimate Gruden Grinder.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 31, 2018
Mayock will get to work right away getting the Silver & Black ready for the upcoming draft.