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Mike Mayock? Former GM? Internal Hire? Exploring Redskins' GM Options

The Redskins need a new general manager and the options are all over the place.

Life must go on. 

After an ugly ending to their relationship with now former general manager Scot McCloughan, the Washington Redskins are back in the search for a new one. Chances are you know a few of the names reportedly being considered for the job.

The first name that was reported earlier in the week to be in the race for the job was NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who has been with the network since 2005. Mayock has no front office experience, but is known as an NFL Draft expert, hosting the show Path To The Draft on NFL Network.  

Mayock also played two seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants in 1982-83. The former defensive back has praised Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins in the past, saying “I think the intangibles are where he is outstanding.”

Yes, Mayock did have Blaine Gabbert ahead of Cam Newton in his 2011 pre-draft quarterback rankings and has had his fair share of blunders, but overall has a decent track record in terms of draft success (Note No. 3 while you're at it). To name a few of them, Mayock correctly had Michael Crabtree ahead of Darius Heyward-Bay in 2009, having Earl Thomas at the top of his safety rankings in 2010 and has found consistent success in evaluating linemen on both sides of the ball.

While we have some kind of an idea of where Mayock might stand in the Cousins contract fiasco, Mayock may not be Washington’s first choice to fill McCloughan’s role.

Another member of the media, ESPN’s Mark Dominik, is also reportedly in the pool of candidates. The former director of professional scouting and general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dominik is often featured on SportsCenter, amongst other ESPN NFL shows.

Current Redskins President Bruce Allen was the general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before Dominik was promoted to the position in 2009.

Dominik’s success as a general manager in Tampa Bay went back and forth. Some of his best moves included drafting All-Pros Gerald McCoy in 2010 and Lavonte David in 2012. Drafting Doug Martin and signing Vincent Jackson (both also in 2012) proved to be fruitful for the organization. However, the Buccaneers were 28-52 under Dominik in five seasons.

Then there is also the possibility of the Redskins simply hiring from within. Three names in particular,  including senior personnel director and former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams. Williams was also with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (as a personnel executive) during Allen’s stint as general manager there.

The other two potential internal hires, director of college scouting Scott Campbell and director of professional personnel Alex Santos, have both been with the Redskins for over 10 years and have been given expanded roles in the past three years.

None of these potential replacements have publicly commented on the possibility of taking the Redskins vacant position.

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