Raiders bolster defense in latest 7-Round Mock Draft
Raider Nation is known for disapproving of cornerbacks getting taken in the first round, but luckily for them, this is the third round. Picking up Cordale Flott from LSU on Day 2 might seem like a reach considering he will be a developmental prospect, but the athletic upside is too much to pass up for the Raiders.
Pro Football Focus graded Flott’s coverage skills at 84.8 last season, and he proved to be quite versatile in his own right. He played 357 snaps in the slot, 178 snaps on the outside, 42 snaps in the box, and 21 snaps deep as a free safety. Flott’s ability to line up anywhere in the backfield is a surefire way to land on an NFL team.
The former LSU Tiger is naturally and athletically gifted, with notable size and length for a corner. He is intuitively sound; he consistently looks to break up passes and has some of the best hands of any defensive back. In his last three seasons, Flott accumulated 10 pass deflections and an interception.
Another noteworthy trait is his willingness to contribute to run defense. He’s both quick and physical in attacking blockers and bringing down running backs, a strength that’ll be of use in the pros. The Raiders will also be meeting with Flott ahead of the draft, perhaps there’ll be genuine interest from the Silver and Black.