On day two of the NFL Draft, Tyler and I hopped on the Silver & Black Pridecast to discuss the Raiders first round. Since then a lot has happened. First of all, they picked six more players in rounds 2-7. Immediately after that, they began signing undrafted free agents.
Soon after the draft was completed, Peter King released one of his long reads and there was a lot of Raiders in it because King was at the Raiders facility, spending the day with the Raiders and getting what seemed to be a firsthand account of their draft strategy. Meanwhile the rest of us media schmucks were in the media room.
King paints a picture of a draft room in which Gruden was a bundle of nerves, eager to get on the phone and trade up at every turn to get the guys he wants, fearing they won’t be on the board when the Raiders select. And Mayock being “the adult in the room”, calming the “Golden Retriever” that was Jon Gruden.
Mayock and Gruden didn’t go into such details in their press conference following the first round. But following day two, Mayock talked about having two players on his board when they reached their pick at 35 overall. This was the reason he felt comfortable trading down to 38 and then 40 before selecting Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen.
Who was that other player besides Mullen? Well, we have our ideas. We discuss that, the King report, the rest of the Raiders draft picks and more in our S&B Pridecast draft wrap.
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