Mike Mayock took advantage of first assignment as GM of the Las Vegas Raiders
By Brad Weiss
2020 NFL Draft
As he did during the 2019 NFL Draft, Mayock got to work in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, using their first pick of two on Alabama wideout Henry Ruggs III. While Ruggs was widely considered the No. 3 wideout in the draft behind teammate Jerry Jeudy, and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, Mayock and Jon Gruden fell in love with his speed, and his ability to run the entire route tree.
In the third round, with pick No. 100 overall, the Raiders added safety/linebacker Tanner Muse, a spirited leader on the Tigers defense. Muse started as a free safety for the Tigers in the game, but since then, he has put on weight, and will be a linebacker at the next level.
The fourth round brought multiple draft picks into the fray for the Raiders, including John Simpson, a dominant offensive guard for Clemson. Simpson not only was a starter during the 2019 game, but he has since gone on to become one of the best guards in college football, becoming the only guard to be a consensus All-American this past season
In reality, Simpson could end up being a starter for the Raiders sooner than later, as there are still questions about current starting right guard Gabe Jackson. Ruggs will be a huge part of the Raiders offense, and Muse will not only help out on the defensive side of the ball, but should have a major impact on special teams.
One thing is for certain, the haul Mayock got during that event brought the Raiders talent on both sides of the ball, and the kind of leaders this franchise was lacking. Mayock has been an absolute gift to the organization, and is building the roster the right way, paving the road for the Raiders to be serious contenders entering their first season in Las Vegas.