Recently, Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels indicated that the team will give second-year player Nate Hobbs the chance to play every cornerback position in 2022.
Of course, that’s interesting, but here’s the thing: Hobbs was really, really good as a slot cornerback as a rookie. The 2021 fifth-round pick from Illinois was Pro Football Focus’ highest graded cornerback with, at least, 100 snaps in the slot last season.
Nate Hobbs had the highest grade (81.5) of CBs with 100+ snaps in the slot pic.twitter.com/gOKNee1jL4— PFF Las Vegas Raiders (@PFF_Raiders) March 31, 2022
So, while broadening Hobbs’ role is intriguing for sure, the idea of him staying as a nickel cornerback and dominating there is also a strong option for McDaniels and new Las Vegas defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.
It may be one of those if-it’s-not-broke,-don’t-fix-it deals.