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Examining the Raiders’ cornerback group

Examining the Raiders’ cornerback group

After the addition of veteran cornerback Rasul Douglas on Monday, the Las Vegas Raiders’ cornerback group is likely set.

Let’s take a look at the (mostly) young group.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders

Trayvon Mullen
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Trayvon Mullen:
Mullen is the Raiders’ top cornerback. He made some strides in 2020 after being a second-round pick in 2019 so this is a big year for Mullen’s development. If he can continue to get better, it will go a long way in improving the defense.

Damon Arnette:
This is also a pivotal year for Arnette, the No. 19 overall draft pick in 2020. His rookie year was rocky and he missed seven games for various reasons. We should find out a lot about Arnette in 2021. If he can stay healthy and make plays, he could end up having a fine career … if not, there are going to be a lot of questions.

Rasul Douglas:
Newly-signed Douglas has started 29 games in four NFL seasons. If Arnette can’t handle the starting job, Douglas can step in.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders

Nevin Lawson
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Nevin Lawson:
Lawson is a solid backup who play in the slot, however, he will miss the first two games of the season due to a PED suspension.

Amik Robertson:
The plan was for Robertson to become the nickel cornerback in 2021 but he barely played last year after being a fourth-round pick. There is still time for Robertson to develop, but we don’t know yet if he can be counted on to have a large role this season.

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers

Isaiah Johnson
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Isaiah Johnson:
He will always be remembered for saving the win over the Los Angeles Chargers last year. But the 2019 fourth-round pick just hasn’t been able to get on the field much. Perhaps the light will come on in 2021.

Keisean Nixon:
Nixon is a good special teams player but this group is crowded and he may have a tough time making the roster again.

2021 Draft?
At this point, it would be surprising if the Raiders draft a cornerback. They’ve drafted so many with high picks in recent years and there isn’t much room, anyway.


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