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Amik Robertson: Raiders Best Pick of the Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft has now reached its conclusion. With their final selection in the event, the Las Vegas Raiders opted to choose a player from one of the smallest Division I programs. Louisiana Tech cornerback Amik Robertson may have a smaller stature, but his production throughout his collegiate career is anything but diminutive.

Amik Robertson – Raiders CB

Age: 21 (Will turn 22 when the regular season starts)

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 185 lbs.

On Saturday, the Raider front office put an exclamation mark on a statement making draft haul when they selected a prospect they doubted would be available at that point of the draft.

How does Robertson feel? He is more than grateful for the opportunity.

Robertson is one of the smallest cornerbacks in the entire 2020 draft class, but his production in college was larger than most other corners selected before him. The Louisiana Tech product continues the consistent theme of the type of player that the Raiders yearn to infuse their roster with.

Strengths:

  • Despite being under six feet tall and weighing less than 200 pounds, Robertson plays the cornerback position with the tenacity of an attack dog regardless of the size of his opponent.

  • Robertson has an uncanny ability to locate the football and make impact plays in a variety of coverage schemes. His three-year collegiate stat-line as a Bulldog speaks volumes about how much of a play maker he is.
    • 48 PBU’s
    • 14 Interceptions

While Robertson is superb in pass coverage, he is also someone that enjoys making physical plays on opposing ball carriers when the opportunity arises. His swagger on the field is the epitome of a Raiders player.

  • Additionally, Robertson’s versatility allows him to be placed anywhere in the secondary, and makes for a valuable asset to Las Vegas secondary.

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Weaknesses

The initial concern many will have with Robertson is his smaller frame. He will be tested at the NFL level and will have to earn respect amongst both his teammates and opponents. Ideally for him, he has always made the best out of difficult situations.

While his fortitude is exemplary, his injury history does raise some concern.

  1. A groin injury that forced him to miss the NFL Combine. (2020)
  2. An AC joint separation in his shoulder (High School/November 2016).
  3. A partially torn ACL in his left knee that required muscle fiber from his
    hamstring to fix the tear. (High School/2015)

If he maintains his healthiness for the Raiders, the sky is the limit, as he truly is an outstanding talent with an incredible drive to succeed.

In Review

The Raiders final pick of this year’s draft arguably yields the most collegiate production out of all draft counterparts. More importantly, Amik Robertson can become a solid reinforcement to a cornerback position that was lackluster in 2019. Robertson, Mullen, and fellow selection, Damon Arnette, will strive to be physical deterrents to the AFC West’s elaborate passing attacks this upcoming season. Ultimately, his selection in the fourth round could prove to be the best pick in both value and production for years to come for the Silver and Black.

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Top Photo: Louisiana Tech’s Athletic Department

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