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Oakland Raiders: 3 reasons why hiring Mike Mayock makes sense

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 09: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (L) looks on as Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden (R) speaks during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 09: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (L) looks on as Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden (R) speaks during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: A video board displays the text “THE PICK IS IN” for the Oakland Raiders during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: A video board displays the text “THE PICK IS IN” for the Oakland Raiders during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The Draft

When it comes to draft experts, there are few people in the world who possess the kind of eye Mayock does, and that will go a long way in his first couple of years with the Raiders. Oakland owns five first round picks over the next two draft classes, including six of the first 100 picks this coming April.

This is a franchise that has not seen much winning since Jon Gruden left the team in the early 2000s, but they have a real opportunity to get better in a hurry. Gruden has never been the best evaluator of talent coming out of college, so having Mayock as another voice in the room could mean a huge draft for the Silver and Black.

Mayock knows talent, and the Raiders have holes to fill on both sides of the ball. They need to hit on an edge rusher, safety, wide receiver, and cornerback to name a few with their first four selections in April, three of which will come in the first round after trading away young stars Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack.