The NFL Draft is right around the corner, and today the Oakland Raiders made a decision to send their scouts home before the draft, per Ian Rapoport.
According to an NFL Network report, coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock sent all their scouts home and they will not be back before next week’s draft begins on April 25.
“The belief is they don’t know who to trust and wanted to clear the room,” reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted.
The crazy thing is the staff are from the old regime. The Dolphins have hired Reggie McKenzie, and the Raiders do not want any of their information getting out. You have to think about it, the Raiders have three first round picks and four picks in the top 35 picks for the draft. The Raiders have to hit Gold on these picks and some things must have been happening if they felt strong enough to send the scouts home. The scouts information is all at the facility so Mayock and Gruden will be making the final decisions.
Most scouting staffs have problems with leaking information to the media. Remember most teams do not allow just anyone to see their big board.
Daniel Jeremiah did make a good point, but I want you to think about this for a minute. If the Raiders sent their scouts home for the weekend and told them they did not trust them, and then this came out in the media on the same day they were sent home. Were the Raiders wrong for sending them home? I think they were right! There were definitely snakes in the grass, and they did the right thing.