INDIANAPOLIS – Between his two seasons at the Giants in the early 1980s and nearly two decades as a college football analyst and NFL editor, Mike Mayock has forged everlasting relationships with Bill Belichick.
During his last 15 years at the NFL Network, Mayock spent time in New England during practice practices and benefited from Belichick's stint during his Combine Weekly Broadcasts. at Indy.
Now, however, as the first year general manager of the Oakland Raiders, Mayock understands that things could be a little different.
"I've had the chance to play for coach Belichick for two years and he's been great with me over the years," said Mayock after a laugh at his Wednesday morning press conference in Combine 2019. "I suppose for the moment, as good relations as they are, there will probably be more free exchange of information as in the past."
The Raiders occupy a pretty unique and powerful position in this year's draft, holding a trio of first-round picks that could allow Oakland to move from one end of the board to the next to replenish his squad. Jon Gruden's management.
New England also has many capital projects, with 12 selections in total and six selections from the top 101 selections.
While this may theoretically give both teams potential business partners over the weekend, it does not appear that Mayock relies too much on its longstanding relationship with Belichick now that it has gone from media to competitor.