The selection process is actively happening in Oakland for their scouting department. After the ‘earth shaking’ news that the Raiders cleared out their scouts a week before the draft, Mike Mayock said that was the plan all along and part of that plan was that many of those scouts would not be back.
Mayock took over for former General Manager Reggie McKenzie this offseason and since Mayock wasn’t showing up with an entourage of scouts, he was put in charge of the the scouts that were already here, many of whom McKenzie had brought onboard with him.
One of the new hires who came to Oakland along with McKenzie was Ken Herock as Director of College Scouting. You may remember Herock was named interim GM after McKenzie was fired late last season until Mayock came onboard at the close of the season.
Now Herock would appear to be among those departing the organization as the Raiders have hired a new Director of College Scouting — Jim Abrams. Alex Marvez was the first to report the Raiders were looking to hire Abrams and it was later confirmed by another report from Neil Stratton of Inside the League.
Longtime #Cowboys area scout Jim Abrams will join the #Raiders as their new Director of College Scouting. Abrams also scouted #49ers and for the #Bucs during head coach Jon Gruden's time in Tampa.— Neil Stratton (@InsideTheLeague) May 3, 2019
As Statton notes, Abrams worked with Gruden as a scout during his time in Tampa. He comes over from the Cowboys where he was a West Coast area scout since 2012.