After a little over one season with the Las Vegas Raiders, first-round draft pick Damon Arnette has been released. Both of the team’s first-round draft picks from 2020 are now no longer on the roster. Tom Pelissero first broke the news.
Source: The #Raiders are releasing former first-round draft pick CB Damon Arnette.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 8, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders Cut Damon Arnette
In the span of a few days, Las Vegas has lost both of their first-round picks from the 2020 draft. After a video of Arnette flashing guns and threatening to kill someone went viral over the weekend, Las Vegas made the wise decision to cut the cornerback. With Clelin Ferrell hovering around the inactive roster each week, things are not looking good for general manager Mike Mayock. He has missed on yet another first-round draft pick. Mayock was billed as a “draft guru” coming into this job, but he has yet to live up to that reputation. The only picks of his that seem to hit are in the later rounds. That is just not going to cut it in this league. Mayock’s future in Las Vegas looks less and less certain by the day.
In 13 total games with Las Vegas, Arnette has three pass deflections and zero interceptions. In four total games this season, he has one recorded pass deflection and just four combined tackles. On top of being a problem off the field, Arnette isn’t good when on it. This was clearly an easy decision for Las Vegas.
For Raiders fans, this news may actually be the least surprising of the year. Arnette was considered a reach when drafted, something of a common theme in Las Vegas here recently. It is definitely fair to say that Mayock’s future with Las Vegas is dependent on the team’s success in the remainder of its games. If Las Vegas stumbles down the stretch again, then fans should expect the beginning of another rebuild in the off-season.
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