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Another week, another strong performance by Nate Hobbs. The rookie cornerback continues to be among the best defenders for the Raiders. Hobbs allowed just 40 yards on six targets, most of which occurred late in the game.
Through six weeks, he has yet to allow a big play or a score. For a Day 3 rookie to play 318 snaps and not allow an explosive play or a touchdown is highly impressive.
In a recent article by Pro Football Focus, they listed the top-15 rookies so far this season. Not surprisingly, Hobbs made the list, coming in at No. 6.
But what is impressive is that he is the site’s highest-graded rookie defensive back. Here is what the site had to say about the talented cornerback from Illinois:
“Hobbs already looks like one of the best slot cornerbacks in the league, and he’s done a terrific job of limiting yards after the catch for Gus Bradley’s defense. His 25 targets have resulted in only 10 first downs so far. More importantly, he’s yet to allow a score. He looks like another win for Mike Mayock on Day 3.”
Hobbs is currently the fifth-highest graded cornerback in the NFL. And while we are here, his teammate in Casey Hayward Jr. is ranked at No. 1. They have been fantastic together and just haven’t allowed much at all to opposing receivers.
Every single week, the selection of Hobbs in the fifth round is looking better and better. It’s time to give some credit to Mike Mayock and the scouting department for nailing this pick.
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