NFL Season: 5
Raiders Season: 3
Mike Mayock was named General Manager of the Raiders on Dec. 31, 2018, becoming just the third general manager in Raiders franchise history. Mayock previously served as an Emmy-nominated analyst and draft expert for the NFL Network and handled color commentary duties in the broadcast booth for both college and NFL games before joining the Silver and Black.
Mayock applied his expertise in player evaluation once again in the 2021 early free agency period, addressing needs on defense by signing defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas, while adding dynamic playmakers in wide receiver John Brown and running back Kenyan Drake on offense. Mayock and Head Coach Jon Gruden were also able to retain important contributors on the Raiders roster, extending the contracts of tackle Kolton Miller and center Andre James, while re-signing defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and linebacker Nicholas Morrow.
The 2021 NFL Draft saw the Raiders take a methodical approach that added talent and overall depth to the roster. Headlining the draft haul was Alabama All-American Alex Leatherwood in the first round, a key addition to the offensive line who is expected to start immediately at right tackle for the Silver and Black. The Raiders were then able to execute the first of two draft-day trades, moving up five spots to secure TCU safety Tre'von Moehrig with the 43rd-overall pick, adding a dynamic playmaker to the secondary. Las Vegas continued to stock the defense with back-to-back picks in the third round, selecting pass rusher Malcolm Koonce from Buffalo and linebacker Divine Deablo from Virginia Tech with the No. 79 and No. 80 picks, respectively. Continuing to add athleticism and versatility to the defense, Mayock traded up into the fourth round on the draft's third day to select Missouri safety Tyree Gillespie before nabbing Illinois cornerback Nate Hobbs in the fifth round. Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jimmy Morrissey rounded out the team's selections in the seventh round, concluding a draft in which the Raiders did not pick an offensive skill position player for the first time in franchise history.
Mayock provided his own stamp on the Raiders' roster through free agency in both 2019 and 2020, adding significant talent to increase depth and competition throughout the roster. In 2020, the Raiders signed 12 new unrestricted free agents to address needs on both sides of the ball. The linebacker corps was bolstered with the signings of Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton, while the additions of future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten and quarterback Marcus Mariota provided depth and leadership.
Mayock's second NFL Draft with the Silver and Black in 2020 saw the Raiders add speed, toughness and a desire for competition, identified as key "Raider traits," with seven picks through just four rounds. Roster needs at wide receiver and cornerback were addressed early, as explosive Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, the fastest player in the draft, and versatile Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette were taken in the first round. Without a second-round pick, Mayock used two of three third-round selections to nab South Carolina wide receiver Bryan Edwards and Clemson linebacker Tanner Muse. On the draft's third day, Mayock used a second draft-day trade to move up and select Clemson guard John Simpson, the fifth player plucked from "Death Valley" by the Raiders in two years, before rounding out the class by drafting Louisiana Tech cornerback Amik Robertson later in the fourth round.
In his first NFL Draft at the helm, Mayock and Gruden used four picks among the top-40 players selected to assemble a group of "foundational" standouts. The Raiders selected defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell from Clemson with the fourth-overall pick before adding Alabama running back Josh Jacobs and Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram with late first-round selections. Mayock executed two trades on the draft's second day to move back to the 40th-overall spot, selecting Clemson defensive back Trayvon Mullen and netting additional fourth and fifth-round picks. The Raiders were involved in five draft-day trades in total, trading up in the fifth round to pick Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, helping complete a draft haul that earned plaudits from around the NFL.
In addition, five rookie free agents who signed with the Silver and Black immediately after the draft spent significant time on the active roster during the 2019 season, including fullback Alec Ingold, who was selected as Pro Bowl alternate, and punter AJ Cole, who placed 33 punts inside the 20-yard line, tied for the third-most in Raiders history.
The Raiders' 2019 rookie class registered as one of the most immediately impactful in team history, producing the PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year Award winner in Jacobs, while rookie defensive end Maxx Crosby, a fourth-round selection, finished the year as an AP Defensive Rookie of the Year finalist. As a whole, the 2019 draft class led the NFL in sacks (14.5), touchdowns from scrimmage (17), rushing yards (1,167), rushing touchdowns (seven), rushing first downs (60) and yards after catch (676), while finishing second in receptions (107), receiving yards (1,112) and first-down receptions (62).
Prior to assembling talent for the Raiders, Mayock's NFL Draft analysis had been one of the most respected voices among media, NFL front office personnel and team scouting departments. His expertise featured within the NFL Network's extensive coverage of the NFL Draft, including the show "Path To The Draft," as well as the network's exclusive coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine and the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Outside of the studio, Mayock served as the television analyst for the Philadelphia Eagles' preseason games since 2015. He also served as a game analyst for NFL Network's broadcasts of the Senior Bowl and East-West all-star game, as well as preseason analyst for the Minnesota Vikings for several seasons.
In 2010, Mayock became the color commentator for NBC's coverage of Notre Dame football, teaming with play-by-play announcer Tom Hammond. In January 2011, he teamed with Hammond to call NBC's broadcast of the NFC Wild Card playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. The following year, he called an AFC Wild Card contest featuring the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans.
Mayock teamed with Brad Nessler to call the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football package from 2011-2013. Prior to joining NFL Network, Mayock served as a college football analyst for ABC Sports (2001-03), Fox Sports Net (2000), and CBS Sports (1996-99). He also covered the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as a reporter for CBS (1997-99). From 1993-95, Mayock worked on ESPN's coverage of the Canadian Football League.
A 10th-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mayock then played for the New York Giants from 1982-83. He is a member of the Boston College Hall of Fame, where he captained both the football and baseball teams. Mayock graduated from Boston College in 1980.
Mayock and his wife Amanda have four children (Leigh, Michael, Mackenzie and Jack).