Instant Analysis: Raiders Select Damon Arnette

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With the 19th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders select cornerback Damon Arnette, Ohio State.

The Raiders have secured TDN’s sixth-rated cornerback and 43rd-overall player available in this year’s NFL draft.

Many expected Las Vegas to invest one of its first-round picks on a cornerback but few thought that corner would be Arnette. While the value doesn’t look great for the Raiders, clearly general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden have a prototype in the players they are investing in. Arnette fits the bill. Arnette, a college senior, comes from a winning Ohio State program. 

Arnette had a tremendous final season for the Buckeyes, clearing up many of the questions surrounding his game entering the season. His route recognition skills, press coverage technique, ball skills and physicality all shined. He’s a good fit for Paul Guenther’s defense given the types of corners he’s had success with in the past. Arnette has the makeup to become a reliable starter on the defensive perimeter for the Raiders. 

Our scouts say: “Arnette played his best football during his final season at Ohio State after some shaky moments as a starter in 2017 and 2018. Focusing on his 2019 tape, it’s hard to poke holes in his game. Arnette thrives primarily in press coverage and also displayed his coverage versatility in multiple techniques. He had impressive moments where his ball skills, tackling and production in run support were on full display. Given his experience and growth, Arnette profiles as an early starter that is fairly scheme-versatile.”

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