Raiders’ Rookie CB Nate Hobbs Collected a Significant Mid-Season Honor From PFF This Week

It’s only been a few months, but it sure looks like the Raiders hit the jackpot when they drafted University of Illinois cornerback Nate Hobbs.

Hobbs is the Raiders’ fourth-highest graded defensive player this year (Pro Football Focus) and he has the team’s highest grade in coverage – even ahead of veteran CB Casey Hayward Jr., who is also having an exception year in 2021.

This week, Hayward Jr. and Hobbs were both named to the PFF Midseason All-Pro team with first-team honors:

“While Casey Hayward Jr. has been a huge success for the Raiders, their defensive transformation has also been helped by hitting on fifth-round rookie Nate Hobbs, especially after whiffing at the same position in the first round a season ago. 

Hobbs has allowed just 153 yards in 2021 at 7.0 yards per reception. He has yet to surrender a touchdown, with the longest completion into his coverage going for 34 yards. He’s recorded just one PFF single-game grade below 68.0, and that was in his Week 1 NFL debut.”

For Hayward, who is 32 years old, and Hobbs, who is 22 years old, a mid-season award like first-team All Pro isn’t something anyone would have predicted in August. Both players have played huge roles in the Raiders’ long-awaited resurgence on defense.

After years of struggling to find a good cornerback in the draft, the Raiders seem to have finally hit on one (and maybe two if you count Trayvon Mullen Jr.). Turns out, all they had to do was invest in a corner prospect without off-field concerns and stay away from anyone schooled in Columbus, Ohio.

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  1. This is good news Hobbs and Hayward Jr. developing into a defensive backfield with J. abrams and Moerig at safeties the Raiders are improving on the defensive backfield. However, they are still getting beat too much. Without blitzing from linebacker position,
    the four man pass rush is not getting through regardless of how good Crosby and Ngakoue
    are doing. The Raiders always Ted Hendricks, Rod Martin, even Phil Villipiano blitzing along
    With the defensive front. More pressure forces turnovers and does not expose you d-backs
    to long coverages.

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