The Las Vegas Raiders revamped their cornerback group heading into the 2020 NFL season, and the collection of talent was recently named ‘one to watch.’
Last season, the then-Oakland Raiders struggled mightily against the pass, as their cornerbacks were routinely beaten, and it went a long way in the team finishing with another losing season. One bright spot, however, was the play of rookie Trayvon Mullen, who started to get a lot more playing time down the stretch and will be looked at as the team’s CB1 heading into Year 2.
Behind Mullen, the Raiders knew they needed to get better, and they utilized the 2020 NFL Draft, and free agency to do so. Las Vegas made Damon Arnette from Ohio State one of their two first round picks, and then went back to the cornerback well in the fourth round, adding the exciting Amik Robertson with pick No. 129 overall.
Those two guys will be expected to come in and play right away, with Robertson pushing Lamarcus Joyner at the slot cornerback spot, and Arnette looking to start opposite Mullen as the team’s CB2. However, Joyner is entrenched as the starter right now, and Robertson will need a great camp to beat him out, while Arnette is behind free agent pickup, Prince Amukamara.
Amukamara is a very underrated cornerback in my opinion, and someone who can come in and provide stability opposite Mullen. Arnette does not have to be rushed into the starting lineup, and there is also second-year corner Isaiah Johnson who is looking to get back on the field after an injury filled rookie season.