Gruden declares the Raiders “wide open” heading into the draft

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Jon Gruden may not want the Raiders’ scouts to know what he’s thinking heading into the draft, but he does want 31 other teams to know that if they have a trade offer to make, give him a call.

Gruden said his team could do anything in the draft, including trading up, trading down or staying put.

We are wide open to moving up, we are wide open to moving back,” Gruden said, via Scott Bair of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “We are wide open to just sitting there and taking a guy that falls to us.”

General Manager Mike Mayock echoed those comments, noting that the Raiders have three first-round picks and their own pick high in the second round, which means they’ll be very active early in the draft one way or another.

“That’s what I love about it,” Mayock said. “Obviously, we could move up and you’ve got to know what you are trying to do and how you are trying to do it. You can try to increase your draft capital by moving down or you stay the same, and four of the first 35 picks gives you an opportunity to consider all those scenarios multiple times.”

The Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades contributed to the Raiders being one of the worst teams in the NFL last year. Now we’ll see how well those two trades can contribute to the Raiders turning things around this year.

42 responses to “Gruden declares the Raiders “wide open” heading into the draft

  1. Sorry to Raiders haters out there but they sure hold a lot of chips in this draft. If they can put anything together they might just be competitive quick.

  2. Finally. A coach and gm showing some flexibility going into the draft. Refreshing pair them two. Worth reporting, too.

  3. I suspect some of the lamer FA signings were just to fill holes so it wouldn’t be too obvious who they would “have” to take.. leverage for trades..

  4. “you’ve got to know what you’re doing”, well that rules out the Raiders lol

  5. What have the Raiders done since 1985 that leads one to believe they won’t soil the bed sheets? Yes, the resources are there to get well in a hurry but they have to make the right picks.

  6. They stunk it up in 2017 with Mack and Cooper. Status quo in 2018 without Mack and Cooper – there just wasn’t that much of a dropoff. Not sure if or when they’re going to get better.

  7. I would bet Jon and Mike are not on the same page in regards to the draft. Expect fireworks in the war room.

  8. they could stay put and get 4 of the top 35 picks – only chatter I have heard is Giants moving up to 4, and Getting Raiders 24th, and Raider move to 6, and get 17. Heard Lions would take 24, and 27, and Raider would get lions #8, and #88. Lastly heard Patriots would take raiders #27, for both of their late 2nd rd picks, and their late 3rd pick. That’s the only chatter I have heard when it comes to Raiders

  9. 10 years of watching Belichick from booth, and he didn’t learn a thing. He just can’t stop talking and making news.

    Belichick’s gonna do what’s best for the team, by the way.

  10. Not a Raiders fan, and definitely not a Gruden fan.

    That said, I am not sure why people assume the Raiders will mess up the picks based on the past drafts selected by Al Davis and Reggie McKenzie.

    Gruden surely had a hand in last year’s draft, which is off to a mediocre start. It is still too soon to know a final grade on it.

    Mayock may not have final say on picks, but he has a chance to play matchmaker. As long as Gruden wants to keep Mayock with the Raiders, he will likely work with him in a collaborative effort. I think Mayock has an analytical approach and a chance to steer Gruden to some good picks.

  11. Best case scenario for my Raiders =

    Trade from #4 back to #6 with the Giants for their QB
    Oak sends #4 and #27 to NY for #6 and #17 + maybe another mid round pick

    Oak takes Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, or Devin White at #6

  12. Draft is gonna be a lot of fun for a Raiders fan. As a Seahawks fan with 4 picks total and a crazy overpaid QB on a running team I’m jealous.

  13. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is almost fool proof, even for the Raiders. They have four high picks; odds are they get at least one really good player. They will probably get an above average starter, one quasi-bust, and one total bust as well. If you aren’t great at drafting, get a lot of picks. It’s harder to screw that up.

  14. tb12bestqbevah says:
    April 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Gruden’s picking a QB. Bet the house on it.

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    Dwayne Haskins Jr. I wrote a few months back here that Haskins Jr longtime mentor is Shawn Springs. Springs who played under Gruden mentor Mike Holmgren in Seattle. So there are no secrets with Haskins Jr and he did extremely well in his pre draft visit and workout with Gruden. I wouldn’t be surprised if they picked him.

  15. All 32 teams are open for business. Gruden is working with the media to give them something to write about. Most sports blogs would be out of business if everyone just said “on to Cincinnati” every time someone asked a question. Gruden is just having fun, but it’s well known that all 32 teams will make moves to benefit their franchise. It goes without saying. If you don’t believe me, take a look inside every draft room and count how many phone lines are hooked up. People better get their shots in at Gruden right now, because he’s turning the Raiders into a dynasty.

  16. The Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades contributed to the Raiders being one of the worst teams in the NFL last year. Now we’ll see how well those two trades can contribute to the Raiders turning things around this year.

    Tremendous job so far(not a Raider fan). Won every trade. They weren’t gonna be good last yr anyway. New regime and a rebuild. Nobody knows what they’re gonna do in the draft; which is good. We’ll see if they hit. If so, the toast of Vegas in 2020.

  17. There’s no such thing as a sure thing in the draft, but from what I’ve read, there sure are a lot of players this year that seem to be as close to sure things as possible at a lot of meat-and-potatoes positions.

    The Raiders could go a lot of ways with their draft capital, but if they just pick the solid, sure bets with each pick this year, they should be much improved for years to come.

    A bunch of “safe” picks and one reach for a QB doesn’t seem like such a bad haul at all.

  18. tedmurph says:
    April 22, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    The Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades … Tremendous job so far(not a Raider fan). Won every trade. They weren’t gonna be good last yr anyway

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    I agree with you. They were in the odd position of having a couple stars that were about to get hugely expensive but otherwise far away from having a complete team. And by the time they drafted their way out of that situation, Mack & Cooper would have been past their primes. No way they were going to get the value out of re-signing those two guys.

    That two non-conference teams got an instant boost where they most needed it and the Raiders got enough draft capital to actually build those complete teams looks like a brilliant arrangement for all involved.

  19. See what Gruden did with the Bucs after he was given a ready made team, it was down hill from there.

    They will mess up, it will just be amusing to see how they mess it up.

  20. I think the biggest thing people are missing here, is that Gruden can’t coach.

    Doesn’t matter who they draft.

  21. zygizag says:
    April 22, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    See what Gruden did with the Bucs after he was given a ready made team, it was down hill from there.

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    Except there was no ready made team, there was an old overpriced team that Dungy couldn’t hack it with and then was forced to rebuild with very little draft volume. Even still Gruden had then back in the playoff hunt at a rapid pace.

  22. kgredin1 says:
    April 22, 2019 at 4:38 pm
    What have the Raiders done since 1985 that leads one to believe they won’t soil the bed sheets? Yes, the resources are there to get well in a hurry but they have to make the right picks.
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    They went 12 -4 and made the playoffs 2 years ago and were 1 game off the playoffs a few years back.

    BTW football wasnt invented in 1985.

  23. kgredin1 says:
    April 22, 2019 at 4:38 pm
    What have the Raiders done since 1985 that leads one to believe they won’t soil the bed sheets? Yes, the resources are there to get well in a hurry but they have to make the right picks.
    ========================================================

    They went to the Superbowl in 2002 and if not for the Tuck Rule, the worst call in NFL history, theyd have gone to the Superbowl in 2001 as well.

    Join us here on planet Earth anytime you like.

  24. @psubeerman21
    I’m not a Raiders fan but how do you make a judgement about how this coach and GM are at “drafting” when you have little or no data on them doing it together? You just going by your perception of the history as it relates to the team name?

    What sense does that make?

  25. venomraider says:
    April 22, 2019 at 7:20 pm
    zygizag says:
    April 22, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    See what Gruden did with the Bucs after he was given a ready made team, it was down hill from there.
    _________
    Except there was no ready made team, there was an old overpriced team that Dungy couldn’t hack it with and then was forced to rebuild with very little draft volume. Even still Gruden had then back in the playoff hunt at a rapid pace.
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    Facts: Gruden took over for Dungy who had coached in Tampa 6 seasons. Gruden took over a team that had just gone 9-7. Dungy only won his division once in 6 years. The Bucs had 1 playoff win in the 4 years before Gruden, and zero playoff wins in the final 2 seasons before Gruden. So memories fade over time. Gruden inherited an average team with no QB. Proceed.

  26. “Johnny Gruden, now here’s a guy that’s a real Turkey Hole.”
    – Chris Collinsworth

  27. they better win quick.wont be able to keep all under cap
    if they turn out as they should!!

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