I'm a Mike Mayock guy. I've always appreciated the insight Mayock gave into the draft world during his time at NFL Network. He seemed like someone who genuinely enjoyed this line of work and the people he worked with -- genuine joy is contagious, and Mayock was a breath of fresh air in the draft broadcasting world.
But when he made the jump right from NFL analyst to general manager of an NFL team, even I was like, 'OK hold on there, partner." But the good thing is that Mayock wasn't alone in this; he had Jon Gruden (*screams*).
Gruden and Mayock's first draft may have been a little unorthodox, but I did like it. There were a couple of players, starting with Clelin Ferrell at the top, that I thought were a bit over-drafted, but in their post-draft press conference Gruden and Mayock talked about the character and culture changes they so desperately are trying to put into motion, and that motivation I can respect, as long as the players they're taking are still talented.
Here's how that hopefully culture-changing draft haul came out.
Round 1, Pick No. 4: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Round 1, Pick No. 24: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Round 1, Pick No. 27: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
Round 2, Pick No. 40: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Round 4, Pick No. 106: Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Eastern Michigan
Round 4, Pick No. 129: Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
Round 4, Pick No. 137: Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
Round 5, Pick No. 149: Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
Round 7, Pick No. 230: Quinton Bell, EDGE Prairie View A&M
My Raiders Draft Mulligan: CB Trayvon Mullen for WR D.K. Metcalf
This one was a tad tricky for me because I do think that cornerback is one of the Raiders' primary needs. However, I'm in the business of picking top tier talent, and boy, that talent is D.K. Metcalf.
Mullen is likely an instant starter for the Raiders, which unfortunately speaks to the level of competent cornerback play -- or lack thereof. But the idea of pairing Metcalf with Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams makes for one of the most explosive and dynamic offenses in the NFL, in theory.
Most people have a natural tendency to target a team's weaknesses in the draft. Here I make a strength stronger, and with the league being so offense-heavy, I think I made the right choice.