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Mayock recaps his first season as a GM

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Mike Mayock discusses some topics and thoughts from his first season as the Raiders’ GM.

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Mayock’s Connection with the Senior Bowl

We drafted four kids from last year’s Senior Bowl and the irony is all four were on the other teams. John Abram didn’t even play in the game, but, but he attached himself to Gruden’s hip and my hip the whole week even though he was hurt and couldn’t play. Isaiah Johnson we got in the fourth, Foster Moreau we got in the fourth, Hunter Renfrow we got in the fifth and then of course, you know, we, we got Alec Ingold as a free agent, Keelan Doss, our wideout as a free agent, Te’von Coney on our practice squad.

That’s the hint ladies and gentlemen. Look to the roster on the Senior Bowl from both sides. If there are players that can produce like Moreau and Renfrow that can had in later rounds, then I’m all for this strategy continuing.

Mayock & Richie Incognito

What I love about Richie is he came in, he made some promises to us, he kept his mouth shut, played his tail off and kept all of his promises both on and off the field.

Listen, I’ll be the first one to admit that I wasn’t thrilled about this signing. Between the off-season issues, the horrible behavior in Miami, and the concern for his mental health, I thought this was going to come back to bite the Raiders in the ass the same way Antonio Brown did. However, it seems like he’s turning his life around. I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, rehabilitation over retribution. It seems like the Raiders are creating an environment that’s going to give Incognito the tools he needs to succeed in life after football.

Mayock’s Expectation of Maxx Crosby

No. I expected Maxx to come in and compete his tail off because that’s what he does. Um, he jumps off the tape as the energizer buddy. The cool thing about Maxx is, he’s got length and he can bend. And a lot of big guys can’t bend. So, when you put in length, the ability to bend and his motor, we knew he had a high chance to succeed in the NFL at a certain point.

Before the draft process I saw his name as someone to look out for, and in being honest I was bummed when the Patriots snatched up Chase Winovich, but Maxx Crosby is going to be a foundational piece on the defensive line for years to come. Here’s the question running through my mind, what are Mayock and Gruden going to do to take him from a Pro Bowler, which he is, to an All-Pro.

Derek Carr

You know, Derek handled everything Jon threw at him mentally. I thought he progressed at a rapid rate in year two in Jon’s system.

The running joke is when Gruden says he likes someone, he trades them for first round picks in the early morning hours so you can wake up depressed. I wonder what it means if Mayock thinks the player is doing a good job?

If you want to read the full interview, you can find it here.