The Raiders need a front-office executive after their midseason firing of Reggie McKenzie, and the team already has interviewed NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock, NBC Sports California's Scott Bair confirmed Sunday.
Interviewing Mayock makes sense, since Oakland owns three picks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and the team needs to select the correct players after such a rough 2018 season. In fact, if Mayock already had the Raiders' job, it's safe to say he wouldn't have traded one of his biggest draft crushes of the past few years.
Back in 2014, the Houston Texans had the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. They selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but Mayock said he would have selected Khalil Mack, who fell to the Raiders at No. 5.
"You talk about a kid like [Jadeveon] Clowney, who's just got superhuman abilities, versus this kid, and if I had a choice between the two, I think I'm taking Mack," Mayock said.
Going into the final week of this regular season, Mack, whom the Raiders traded to Chicago in September, has helped lead the Bears to a NFC North championship. He also has 13 sacks by himself while the Raiders have 13 as a team.
The Raiders came into Sunday slated to have the No. 4 pick in the draft. Here's who Mayock has picked for Oakland in his mock draft the last five years:
2018: OT Mike McGlinchey (who went No. 9 overall to the 49ers, one spot ahead of the Raiders' original pick)
2017: OT Cam Robinson
2016: LB Myles Jack
2015: WR Amari Cooper
2014: WR Sammy Watkins
Will Mayock make the Raiders' pick(s) for real in 2019? We'll have to wait and see.