The Raiders caught a lot of people off guard when they selected cornerback Damon Arnette with their second pick in the first round this year.
Arnette’s game at Ohio State left most people projecting that he would be out of the draw on the second day of the draft, which led general manager Mike Mayock to wonder why the team wouldn’t compromise if she was ready to take Arnette. Mayock said the Raiders did not want to risk losing him and that head coach Jon Gruden did not give the impression that there was any doubt about the movement in his mind.
“I’m just watching her tape,” Gruden told Jerry McDonald of San Jose Mercury News. “I have heard people say” this is not a first-round pick on our board. ” What table are we talking about? Then, if you’re in analytics, according to Profootballfocus.com, he had the best QB rating against him from any corner of the project. I mean, it’s hell of a gamer. That’s why I like it. He played at Ohio State. He played big in big games. He is an excellent tackler, a confident corner. He is comfortable in a hump and running. When we saw him play against good receivers, he played well. And it just gives us something we need, something we cherish here. A physical and confident press corner that is not afraid to hit you. “
Many actions taken by the Raiders since Gruden’s return to the team in 2018 have drawn criticism from outside the organization. Some have proven to be unjustified and Arnette will have her chance to put her selection in this column once the Raiders are back on the field.