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Why Jon Gruden compares Raiders rookie Amik Robertson to Ronde Barber

Why Jon Gruden compares Raiders rookie Amik Robertson to Ronde Barber

The Raiders took Amik Robertson with their final pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. It took until the fourth round -- pick No. 139 overall -- for the Louisiana Tech cornerback to hear his name called, but Jon Gruden was locked in on him for a long time.

"I hate to come out and say he’s my favorite guy, but selfishly, deep down, somewhere inside of me, I wanted that guy bad," Gruden said to the Mercury News' Jerry McDonald. "I just love what he’s about." 

Gruden became so infatuated with watching Robertson that he even compared him to a star corner he coached for seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

"He’s got a lot of Ronde Barber traits," Gruden said. "He’s a different dude on game day. He’s not little, he’s just short. He’s just not tall. He’s a powerful guy, he’s got great quickness, he’s got incredible recognition and he’s a good tackler."

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Barber, listed at 5-foot-10 and 187 pounds, was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time First Team All-Pro. Robertson comes in even smaller than Barber at 5-foot-8 and 187 pounds. But he proved time and time again in college that he could bully bigger receivers.

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Despite his short stature, Robertson had 14 interceptions and 34 passes defensed at LA Tech. He also is a fearless tackler and has a bit of Tyrann Mathieu in his game. Robertson recorded four sacks and 23 tackles for loss in college. 

The Raiders wanted to add toughness to their defense in the draft, and they did just that with Robertson. He's a Gruden Grinder in every sense of the word.

Maxx Crosby gets Raiders logo tattoo after breakout 2019 rookie season

Maxx Crosby gets Raiders logo tattoo after breakout 2019 rookie season

Another member of the Raiders' 2019 NFL draft class is committing himself to the team.

Defensive lineman Maxx Crosby showed off his new Raiders logo tattoo Monday, a week after running back Josh Jacobs and defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell did the same.

While Jacobs and Ferrell were first-round draft picks, Crosby was a fourth-round pick and put together an impressive rookie campaign.

In 16 games, Crosby had 47 total tackles, 10 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hits.

With Crosby, Jacobs and Ferrell, Las Vegas' newest tenant has the building blocks to be very successful over the next decade.

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It's way too early to tell what the future holds for the trio, but based on the new ink, Crosby, Jacobs and Ferrell want to stay with the Raiders ... permanently.

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Why Raiders' iconic logo should never be listed among worst in NFL

Why Raiders' iconic logo should never be listed among worst in NFL

How do you determine what is, and what isn’t, a good NFL logo?

NBC Sports Philadelphia devised a list of the 10 worst logos in the game with Raiders listed at the No. 7 spot.

Here’s what they said:

“They may have moved from Oakland to Las Vegas, but for some reason, stuck with this thing. It’s too busy and the colors aren’t anything special. Perhaps if the shield and “Raiders” were removed to showcase the swords and the male figure, it could simplify it. Or get rid of the head altogether. Anything is better than this.”

So, I get what they were saying, but when I think of the Raiders, I like the fact that they’re staying true to the OG logo we’re used to -- it’s iconic. People fear change. After all, they’re now called the Las Vegas Raiders.

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They have one of the most unique color schemes in the game and it doesn’t seem too busy despite the detail and reminds me of how fierce the fans are. Despite a few, subtle changes over the years, the logo has stood the test of time. 

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The San Diego Los Angeles Chargers continued to update their logo and the sports world had a field day with it. 

You don’t mess with the classics.