Las Vegas Raiders: Did Mike Mayock strike gold again in the fourth round?
By Brad Weiss
Raiders GM Mike Mayock struck gold in the fourth round in 2019, and with two picks in the fourth in 2020, did he do the same thing again?
When the then-Oakland Raiders made Mike Mayock their general manager back in December of 2018, many questioned whether he was the right man for the job. Though a former NFL player himself, Mayock had been an analyst on television prior to taking over as general manager, and had no experience in the role.
In his first assignment, Mayock headed to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, where he scouted a bunch of future Raiders. It was clear that his goal was to inject the Raiders organization with championship players, and so far, that has worked out.
Heading into his first NFL Draft as a general manager, Mayock had the rare opportunity to bring in a ton of top-line talent. The Raiders held three first round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and while many expected the team to trade away one or two of them, Mayock stood his ground, and brought in three guys who will be cornerstone players for the franchise moving forward.
However, it was his work after the first round that was the most impressive, especially in the fourth round, where he added players that performed way above their draft slot.