Earlier today news broke that the Oakland Raiders will be announcing the hiring of Mike Mayock as the general manager, now it appears the Raiders have no intention of wasting any time getting better.
With a decision on coaching staffs expected to be announced later today, head coach Jon Gruden wants to coach the Senior Bowl to get as much time with players as possible.
Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy said one NFL team has reached out to express interest in coaching game: the Raiders. Jon Gruden wants in. And he’s assured an invite. Expected to be made official as early as today. Valuable evaluation opportunity awaits in Mobile, Alabama.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 31, 2018
It’s looking like it could be an all Bay Area senior bowl staff.
Senior Bowl could announce coaching staff as soon as today, I've been told. Game officials and league office coordinating now.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) December 31, 2018
If I had to guess, Raiders and 49ers appear to be the front-runners for those spots. Would make for a terrific week down in Mobile.
The Senior Bowl is one of the most crucial stops on the path to the draft. A college showcase of the elite seniors of the upcoming draft class, it has been a mainstay of new gm Mike Mayock and will provide an up close look at players such as:
-Josh Allen OLB UK SEC Defensive Player of the Year
-Will Grier QB WVU
-Jonathon Ledbetter DE UGA
-Nasir Adderley S Delaware
-Gardiner Minshew II QB WSU
-Zach Allen DE BC
The final rosters will be made available January 16, 2019.
Last year’s 2018 Senior Bowl roster included big names such as Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Michael Gallup, Rashaad Penny, Marcus Davenport, Tre’Quan Smith, and Will Hernandez just to name a few. Three of the Raiders 2018 draft picks participated in this game, Brandon Parker, Marcell Ateman, and punter Johnny Townsend.