Raiders General Manager
1st season in NFL
1st season with Raiders
Mike Mayock was named General Manager of the Oakland 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 has already applied his expertise in player evaluation to provide his
own stamp on the Raiders’ roster. Mayock acquired elite wide receiver Antonio
Brown via trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the start of free agency in
March, making a major splash with his first significant player transaction as a
general manager. Mayock continued to strengthen the roster in the early free
agency period, agreeing to terms with tackle Trent Brown and wide receiver
Tyrell Williams, while adding versatile defensive back Lamarcus Joyner on the
defensive side of the ball.
In his first NFL Draft at the helm, Mayock and Head Coach Jon 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.
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 reside in Alameda and have four children
(Leigh, Michael, Mackenzie and Jack).
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