The Oakland Raiders' stadium project is under way in Las Vegas and it's moving quickly.
Drive by of Raiders stadium project in Vegas. So much construction in this town, I’m putting odds that they hit $1.8 billion budget for 2020 opening at 40-1. pic.twitter.com/K0eGw1ZRZe— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 9, 2019
The progress of the stadium is not the only excitement for fans of the Raiders, a team that recently hired NFL Network's Mike Mayock as their new general manager.
While Mayock acknowledged that final say over personnel will ultimately be head coach Jon Gruden's decision, the 14-year draft analyst described how he expects things to go with his new team, speaking to ESPN's Steve Levy Monday.
Raiders’ GM Mike Mayock says Jon Gruden has 'final say' on personnel decisions with their team:https://t.co/I2HHuh3tnv— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2019
"In all honesty, Jon's got final say, if it ever comes to that, and I've got zero problems with that," Mayock reiterated. "Now, having said that, I think we're going to come to a consensus, and I like a little yelling, a little screaming, a little fighting for what players you believe in. But at the end of the day, I guarantee you, Jon Gruden and I are going to know what a Raider looks like and smells like. I don't think we're going to have any issues."
While Mayock has never held an NFL front office position, his player evaluation skills are what drew Gruden and Raiders owner Mark Davis.
Mayock will have three first round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft to start the Raiders rebuild. If Oakland can build their team as quickly as they're building their stadium in Vegas, they'll be in good shape.