Raiders news: Nate Hobbs teaches Senior Bowl scouts
Jim Nagy has been a Nate Hobbs fan for quite a while and the longtime Boy Scout is excited to see the Illinois cornerback benefit from the preseason success he has had for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Put simply, the fifth-round pick has been preseason history for the Raiders. He made dynamic plays in both preseason games and had an impact in training since the offseason practices. The rookie will most likely be the Las Vegas Week 1 nickel starting cornerback.
It thrills Nagy. Yet it also eats away at him because it reminds Nagy – the executive director of Reese’s Senior Bowl – of a big mistake.
âNate is my biggest regret from last season,â Nagy told Silver and Black Pride. âWe will learn from it. “
Hobbs was on Nagy and his team’s radar in their Senior Bowl roster projections in early 2021, as this tweet from June 2020 illustrates:
In fact, Hobbs was near the top of the Senior Bowl corner table throughout the fall.
âI would be on radio shows and podcasts last season and people would ask me who my guy was under the radar for the draft and say ‘Nate Hobbs, this guy is talented,’â Nagy said. âThen we didn’t have it in our game. It still bothers me. “
What happened? Why didn’t Hobbs play Mobile, Alabama in the prestigious College All-Star Game in January?
âHonestly, there wasn’t a lot of interest from Nate’s teams,â Nagy said. “I look at our work [like] we mainly work for the 32 GM. We want to store our lists with guys who want it. But Nate should have been in our game. We have to stick to our guns and we learn from them. “
Nagy believes there were several reasons the teams weren’t very interested in seeing Hobbs in Mobile. Firstly, they all knew his playing strip from playing in the Big Ten competitive conference and maybe chose to see the small school corners. Second, Nagy knows that some teams want to hide certain prospects from other teams and don’t want to promote them before the draft. Nagy said that may have been the case with Hobbs.
Either way, Nagy swears to learn from the Hobbs’ omission.
âI take the blame, we just have to stick to our guns, like I said,â Nagy said. âI knew Nate would translate to the NFL. It’s a long cornerback and is easy to move and has a gust. Long turns this aggressive are hard to find and Nate certainly is. I hope he will have a long career.