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Raiders add another defensive back with Nate Hobbs from Illinois

Las Vegas continues to address their secondary

NCAA Football: Redbox Bowl-California vs Illinois Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders added yet another defensive back to their team by drafting cornerback Nate Hobbs from Illinois with the 167th overall pick.

In four years at Illinois, Hobbs racked up 166 tackles with 12.5 coming for loss. He had three interceptions with 11 pass breakups.

Scouting report (via The Draft Network)

Illinois cornerback Nate Hobbs will enter the NFL after an accomplished career with the Illini that featured 35 starts. Hobbs has adequate athletic ability to play cornerback at the pro level and his coverage ability has afforded some significant opportunities in the Big Ten; going back to early career matchups with the likes of Terry McLaurin (Washington Football Team).

Hobbs has plus size and suitable length to play on the boundary and his primary coverage in games studied saw him in deep third zones and playing in a half turn to get suitable depth out of the snap to drive and stay leveraged overtop of vertical route stems. Hobbs had a productive career but there was a large point of emphasis on big plays—something Hobbs didn’t make a ton of via turnovers; he logged just three career interceptions and a fumble recovery (returned for a touchdown). That, plus just 11 career passes defensed, leaves you wanting a little bit more from Hobbs given some of the bright flashes you see on tape. This is a scheme-specific developmental prospect.


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