The short tenure of offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood is just the latest example of how badly Jon Gruden and former GM Mike Mayock failed with their draft picks during their time as the brain trust for the Las Vegas Raiders.
On Tuesday morning, NFL insider Adam Schefter announced that the Raiders were releasing Leatherwood after selecting the Alabama product in the first round just one year ago.
In wake of the move, fans immediately pointed to all the misses the Raiders had in the NFL Draft when Gruden and Mayock were making the decisions during their time with the Raiders.
Mayock and Gruden wasted 5 1st-Round draft picks. Has to easily be the worst three years of 1st round drafting ever. pic.twitter.com/nB0G1uhRbz
— Conrad Iacobellis (@ConIacobellis) August 30, 2022
Raiders first round picks under Mayock/Gruden
Clelin Ferrell: bust
Josh Jacobs: mediocre RB
Johnathan Abram: bust
Henry Ruggs: killed someone
Damon Arnette: waved gun in someone's face, out of the league
Alex Leatherwood: cut after one year
— Jeremy Layton (@JeremyLayt0n) August 30, 2022
Raiders are erasing the Gruden- Mayock era today. https://t.co/sE95TcnIf2
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 30, 2022
me calming while reminding myself Gruden and Mayock will never make another draft selection for the Raiders pic.twitter.com/R3F2LsSJ6d
— The Mad Raider (@RaiderLoot) August 30, 2022
John Gruden and Mike Mayock were comedically bad at their jobs https://t.co/DmHmafqo7b
— Tron Madden (@madden_tron) August 30, 2022
Gruden and Mayock really whiffed on 6 first rounders. SIX BRUH.
— Prophet (@CoachBear_) August 30, 2022
That 30 for 30 on Gruden/Mayock’s inability to draft in the early rounds of the draft is going to be 🔥🔥🔥.
— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) August 30, 2022
Raiders' 1st-round picks under Mayock/Gruden ('19-'21):
OT Alex Leatherwood – waived
WR Henry Ruggs III – waived
CB Damon Arnette – waived
DE Clelin Ferrell – option declined
RB Josh Jacobs – option declined
S Johnathan Abram – option declined https://t.co/MrTdLVIkCQ
— Underdog NFL (@Underdog__NFL) August 30, 2022
Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden are war criminals.
— Colb (@___Colb___) August 30, 2022
One of the NFL's open secrets is that Jon Gruden is horrible at personnel decisions.
Yes, Mayock was the GM but Gruden had final say over the roster. Of course, Mayock rightfully comes off looking terrible here, too. https://t.co/BD9ZjvmIVr
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 30, 2022
Since being fired for having derogatory emails revealed, Jon Gruden has started a lawsuit against Roger Goodell and the NFL for their role in the situation.
Despite settlement rumors, The Athletic’s Vic Tafur insinuated that Gruden might want to have his day in a court room to explain his side of the story.
“People close to Gruden think that he might want to have his day in court,” Tafur wrote. “He has plenty of money from his broadcasting, Raiders and sponsorship deals and may value putting Goodell on trial more than any dollar figure.”
It sure seems like Jon Gruden thinks he’ll coach again in the NFL. But not only do the emails make it incredibly hard for any potential team to take on that risk, but as many Raiders fans are pointing out today, it’s not like he was particularly good at his job during his four-year tenure either.
It’s hard to imagine that we’ll see Jon Gruden or Mike Mayock back in prominent NFL positions again.
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