On Friday afternoon, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported the Oakland Raiders sent their scouts home six days before the 2019 NFL draft is scheduled to kick off.
According to the report, the Raiders “don’t know who to trust and wanted to clear the room,” before Round 1 of the draft begins on Thursday night.
After the report emerged, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden received criticism on social media for their handling of the situation.
Not long after, Mayock’s daughter had a message for those critics.
“May I remind you he took his draft binder TO THE BATHROOM > leaving it with his own blood — don’t take it personal scouties,” she said on Twitter.
May I remind you he took his draft binder TO THE BATHROOM > leaving it with his own blood. (🙋🏼♀️) — don’t take it personal scouties. https://t.co/vw6pF7ItAE
— Leigh (@LeighMayock) April 19, 2019
The Raiders are hardly the first team to send scouts home before the draft in an attempt to keep their picks secret. However, sending every scout home caught the NFL world off guard.
Oakland owns three first-round picks and have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray – should the Arizona Cardinals pass on the Heisman-winner.
With so much at stake, it looks like Gruden and Mayock are taking no chances.
The first round of the 2019 NFL draft kicks off on Thursday night.