After the addition of veteran cornerback Rasul Douglas on Monday, the Las Vegas Raiders’ cornerback group is likely set.
Let’s take a look at the (mostly) young group.
Mullen is the Raiders’ top cornerback. He made some strides in 2020 after being a second-round pick in 2019 so this is a big year for Mullen’s development. If he can continue to get better, it will go a long way in improving the defense.
This is also a pivotal year for Arnette, the No. 19 overall draft pick in 2020. His rookie year was rocky and he missed seven games for various reasons. We should find out a lot about Arnette in 2021. If he can stay healthy and make plays, he could end up having a fine career ... if not, there are going to be a lot of questions.
Newly-signed Douglas has started 29 games in four NFL seasons. If Arnette can’t handle the starting job, Douglas can step in.
Lawson is a solid backup who play in the slot, however, he will miss the first two games of the season due to a PED suspension.
The plan was for Robertson to become the nickel cornerback in 2021 but he barely played last year after being a fourth-round pick. There is still time for Robertson to develop, but we don’t know yet if he can be counted on to have a large role this season.
He will always be remembered for saving the win over the Los Angeles Chargers last year. But the 2019 fourth-round pick just hasn’t been able to get on the field much. Perhaps the light will come on in 2021.
Nixon is a good special teams player but this group is crowded and he may have a tough time making the roster again.
At this point, it would be surprising if the Raiders draft a cornerback. They’ve drafted so many with high picks in recent years and there isn’t much room, anyway.