The Las Vegas Raiders drafted Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette with the 19th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here is an in-depth look at the first-round cornerback.
The Las Vegas Raiders went into the 2020 NFL Draft with wide receiver and cornerback being their two most pressing needs. The Raiders addressed the hole at receiver with their first pick in the first round with the selection of the speedy Henry Ruggs.
It was assumed the Raiders would likely go cornerback at pick 19 if not trade back. Despite doing exactly that with the selection of cornerback Damon Arnette, Raiders fans and the sports media alike were shocked.
Arnette was not projected to go in the first in practically any mock draft. Many analysts had him as a 3rd-4th round corner.
On the flip side, last year’s draft was largely considered poor and full of reaches until the class hit the field and ended up being one of if not the most productive rookie class of 2019. Mike Mayock clearly knows what he’s doing.
Still, it’s understandable for Raiders fans to be concerned about the pick, especially if you haven’t looked much into Damon Arnette in the pre-draft process.
With that being said, let’s dive into what Damon Arnette can bring to the Raiders and why Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock made him the fourth cornerback taken in this year’s draft.