Las Vegas Raiders NFL Draft Prospect: Kyler Gordon, Washington Huskies
Starting cornerback Kyler Gordon helped the Washington Huskies finish the season with the best pass defense in the country.
Gordon, one half of a dynamic Huskies cornerback duo with Trent McDuffie, has looked unstoppable all season despite the Huskies’ 4-8 overall record.
The versatile cornerback is entering the draft and could potentially be an intriguing pick for the Las Vegas Raiders, who sit with the 22nd pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
“[Gordon] is physical in coverage, likes to beat guys without being catchy all the way. Good eye discipline in zone coverage as a bottom defender, don’t get taken advantage of road concepts. A willing tackler who displays strong tackle skills in space,” said NFL Draft Bible.
The powerhouse cornerback finished his Husky career with 98 tackles (78 solo), three tackles for loss, two interceptions, 14 pass defenses, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
At the end of the season, McDuffie received much of the attention from Washington.
However, Gordon has a sizeable advantage over his teammate.
At 6ft and 200lbs, Gordon is incredibly athletic, has impressive ball skills and his physique is apparent with every snap.
Gordon also has a lot more experience playing multiple positions in the secondary, trying out safety, playing both outside corners and in the slot this season, earning an 89.6 coverage rating per ProFootballFocus.
Gordon has come a long way since his college days. He got down to business after being benched early in his Seattle career and throughout his tough run, Gordon has raised his game to earn the right to be named a first-round prospect.
While teammate McDuffie is expected to be drafted early in the first round, Gordon can be another valuable addition for the Raiders sitting in the latter part of the first round.
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