Raiders send scouts home before NFL draft, per report

The Oakland Raiders brass, apparently, doesn’t know whom to trust.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden sent its scouting staff home, and the group isn’t expected to resume its work by the time the first round of the NFL draft starts Thursday night.

It’s common for a new front office regime to overhaul its scouting department to bring in personnel with which it is familiar. But because scouting and player evaluation for the NFL draft start well before the beginning of the college football season, typically, those changes happen after the draft has been completed.

The dialogue and exchange of ideas on incoming player evaluation between scouts and executives, however, is paramount to the drafting process, and many of these discussions take place up to and during the draft.

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The Raiders hold three first-round selections in the draft – Nos. 4, 24, and 27 overall. They also own one pick in the second, fourth, and fifth rounds, with two final slots in the seventh.

Gruden is set to enter his second season in his second tenure with the Raiders. Mayock was hired Dec. 31, 2018, for his first front-office job in the NFL, replacing long-time general manager Reggie McKenzie. He previously served as a draft analyst for NFL Network.

Oakland has been undergoing a transition after trading receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys in the middle of the 2018 season in exchange for a first-round selection in the 2019 draft. The team also dealt edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears for a significant haul of selections in the next two drafts.

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