Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs has emerged as the best rookie cornerback drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft.
“I wouldn't say surprised, but it's definitely, like you said, it's been a quick transition. I feel like anything you put your mind to, like if you just mentally transition along with the physical transition, then it should go smooth. You're going to have hiccups and mess ups here and there, but I’m just grateful that I could produce for the team,” said Hobbs.
Hobbs, selected by the Raiders in the fifth-round (168 overall) out of Illinois, is known in the locker room by his teammates as being a great listener and someone that always asks a lot of questions.
Along the way, veteran cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. has been there answering all his questions and mentoring Hobbs to be the player he is today.
“I think Casey has made a huge impact. From day one, he's been open to anything I've asked, took me in like a little brother,” Hobbs added. “Anything I ask for on tips, he gives me that. But really, I see that in his play. Like I just try to watch him and learn and pick up little things. He's always open to telling me or giving me advice.”
Hobbs has totaled 36 tackles, one forced fumble, and one sack throughout his rookie season.
Most impressive, Hobbs has 385 snaps without allowing a passing touchdown, only behind Hayward’s 417 snaps.
But it has been his coverage skills that have made him look like a seasoned player on the field.
Want to talk about this? Want to air your opinion about all things Las Vegas Raiders? Maybe you like to talk about other sports that aren't Silver and Black related? We got your back. Join our 100% FREE message board, a brand new option, when you CLICK RIGHT HERE.
Make sure you like our Facebook Page WHEN YOU CLICK RIGHT HERE.
Want the latest breaking Las Vegas Raiders news delivered straight to your email for FREE? Sign up for the DAILY Raiders Nation newsletter when you CLICK THE FOLLOW button on the main page. Don't miss any of the latest up to the second updates for your Las Vegas Raiders when you follow on Twitter @HondoCarpenter