The Oakland Raiders are turning back to the television booth to fill a key role in their front office.
Roughly a year after hiring ESPN analyst Jon Gruden as head coach, Oakland has tapped NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock to be its new general manager, according to a report from ESPN on Monday morning.
The GM job will be Mayock's first in an NFL front office after more than two decades in sports broadcasting. The 60-year-old joined NFL Network in 2004 and has emerged as one of the most well-known draft experts in the industry, regularly holding conference calls for media members and a press conference at the annual NFL scouting combine.
A former safety, Mayock played college football at Boston College and had a brief NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants, appearing in nine games over parts of two seasons.
Mayock replaces former general manager Reggie McKenzie, who was fired Dec. 10.
Mayock confirmed to local reporters Sunday that he had interviewed for the job, and Gruden seemed supportive of his candidacy.
"He loves it. He’s a passionate, passionate personnel man," Gruden told reporters Sunday. "He’s done it for a long time. He has had opportunities to get into the NFL as a general manager. We’ll see what happens when the dust settles."
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