The Oakland Raiders got rid of two very talented players in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper in exchange for two first-round picks. Everyone was up in arms. 

Now it’s their time to capitalize on the trades. 

Jon Gruden took a lot of heat for the trades over the past seven months, especially the Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears deal.

On Thursday, new GM Mike Mayock relayed what Gruden told him about owning three first-round picks.

“Don’t mess it up, dude,” Gruden told Mayock, per “I took a lot of slings to get you three first-round picks.”

Oakland holds the No. 4, No. 24, and No. 27 picks, and Mayock understands the importance of adding long-term assets in 2019.

“We better get four foundation football players,” Mayock said. “We define foundation as talent and football character. That’s what we want. Guys that love the game. And if we don’t move up or down or anywhere, man, we better get four of those guys.”

“But at the end of the day, here’s the deal,” he continued. “If we win, everything will be fine. And if we lose, I’ll get fired. And I’m perfectly fine with that.”

Mayock was hired to serve as Gruden’s draft point-man, or possibly to be his fall guy.  

That’s a lot of pressure.  

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