By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Oakland Raiders have reportedly sent home their scouts on Friday. Why? General Manager Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden did not know who to trust.
This is a critical draft for the Raiders, with three first-round draft picks. Yet, it will be Mayock and Gruden calling the shots, as the scouts will not arrive back until after the draft, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
This is very strange. Normally, the scouts will be on the same page with the general manager and head coach.
However, in this instance, it looks like Mayock and Gruden have lost control. It also shows how dysfunctional the team is, which is not a good sign.
Now, with the room cleared, it’ll be just Mayock and Gruden in their draft room on next Thursday night for the first round and through the weekend.
The Raiders are taking a huge gamble by doing this. They are ensuring that there will not be any leaks of information, but they most hit on their picks.
With three first-round draft picks, the team has to get three starters with those picks. That would help the team attempt to forget about defensive end Khalil Mack, who was traded to the Chicago Bears last Sept., and wide receiver Amari Cooper, who was traded to the Dallas Cowboys last Oct.
This also means that these scouts may be let go after the draft, as Mayock and Gruden bring in their own people.