The consensus on NFL draft night in April was the Raiders reached for Damon Arnette with the 19th pick in the first round.
Six months later, Arnette isn’t just one of the bright spots of the Raiders’ training camp, it looks as if the Ohio State product has won a starting cornerback job.
Arnette’s starting job appears guaranteed after the Raiders released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara on Monday. Amukamara was added in free agency in May, in part to provide insurance in case Arnette wasn’t ready to assume a major role.
But from the outset of camp, Arnette took the majority of first-team reps at one cornerback spot. It’s a role he’s steadily held onto while flashing consistent signs that he is ready to start in his first season.