Former NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock will attend the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, but instead of making observations and talking about every single strength and weakness every prospect brings along with them, he will be there evaluating players as the Raiders general manager.
It’s not easy to make the transition from one field to another. Even though he is still working in the NFL, there is a vast difference between predicting a player’s future performance and actually picking said players. That’s like going from Amazon’s Marketing department to Human Resources. You would still work for the same company, but doing something totally different from what you used to do.
Mayock himself has mentioned that there are things he needs to change about how he carries himself. He might have been willing to share takes and notes in the past, but now he will have to keep the evaluations he makes to himself and the team. “I’m trying to train myself a little bit because I have a big frigging mouth when I talk football,” Mayock said via Scott Bair of NBCSports.com.
At this point, it is uncertain how much of an impact Mayock will have in his first year leading the Raiders front office, but if his work breaking down tape is any indication and if the thing he is worried about the most is not talking too much about his evaluations, then there are reasons for optimism in Alameda, Oakland.