Nate Hobbs has flashed on tape during his two preseason games and he might just end up being the steal of the draft. The 5th round pick from Illinois was making plays with both his coverage abilities and as a blitzer off the edge. The league is taking notice.
PFF ranked the Raiders corner as part of their all-rookie team, saying the following:
PFF listed 21 total players for their all-rookie team, and Hobbs was one of them. During his two games, Hobbs stacked up the stats. He had 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 2 tackles for a loss, and 1 interception. He also forced the quarterback to check the ball down because of him being in perfect coverage.
After his impressive preseason, Hobbs is likely locked in as the team’s starting slot corner.
Mike Mayock discussed Wednesday during his presser how Hobbs was discovered by a cross-check scout. Here’s the transcript provided by Silver and Black Pride:
Although it was only preseason, Nate Hobbs looks like the real deal as a rookie. We’ll see if he can continue his dominance during the season.
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