As a draft analyst for NFL Community, Mike Mayock’s huge board was up for public consumption. It was broadly considered one of the crucial definitive draft boards in NFL Draft protection. Because the Oakland Raiders normal supervisor, Mayock’s huge board will see far fewer eyes. Equally, as a media member, Mayock may acquire comparatively unfiltered data from gamers, scouts, coaches and normal managers across the league.
Right here’s a nugget he gleaned as a media member.
“Through the years, I’ve talked to virtually each high quarterback within the NFL and I’ve requested them the identical query: What bothers you essentially the most? And virtually each top-flight quarterback says, ‘Instant strain up the center,’” Mayock mentioned on the 2019 NFL Mix in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
As a media member, Mayock mentioned he felt he’d constructed sturdy friendships across the league. Because the son of a coach, Mayock had lengthy been a tape junkie, which he felt had earned him mutual respect with higher-ups across the NFL. That allowed simple and open dialogue.
He was requested if these nuggets might come fewer and additional between now that Mayock is competitors to those gamers, scouts and coaches.
“It’s a bit of bit completely different,” he mentioned after chuckling. “It’s already modified. We form of lie to one another a bit of bit as an alternative of opening up to one another about our draft boards.”
In fact, NFL decision-makers lie on a regular basis throughout the pre-draft course of, particularly when talking privately to reporters. It’s a time of yr when smoke screens may be enormously essential in touchdown the prospect a crew really wishes, quite than the one they say they need.
Mayock is aware of his position has reversed — he’s now the one feeding good and unhealthy data to the media. His demeanor appears to have modified accordingly. His Wednesday press convention was full of obscure description, evasion and non-answers. It’s an apparent and essential change.
He’ll begin mendacity, as a result of he has to. He’ll be extra discerning when talking to his mates, who at the moment are rivals, as a result of he has to.