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  The Las Vegas Raiders' selection of Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette with the 19th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft came as one of the first big surprises of the event's opening night. According to Raiders general manager Mike Mayock, the Raiders felt a sense of urgency to pick the second team All-Big Ten corner while they had the chance. They turned down trade offers from teams wanting to move up to 19 because they wanted Arnette. "Did I think we could move down and maybe still get him? Maybe - but we didn't want to lose him," Mayock told reporters who cover the Raiders. Arnette was one of the few first-round picks who did not have cameras in their home for reaction shots as part of the NFL's virtual draft, necessitated by coronavirus protocols. That may be because most analysts did not consider him even a late first-round selection.

One day earlier, Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs had predicted Arnette could surprise with his draft selection. Arnette talked at the NFL Scouting Combine in February about how his underdog status had motivated him throughout his career and into the draft process. That some felt he was a surprise pick Thursday night fed into that narrative. "Like when y'all asked me, 'Are you surprised that you went in the first round?' I'm not," Arnette told the Raiders' beat reporters. "Certain people might be surprised because I'm always the underdog, but I know what I become when I step out there on the field regardless of what someone says about it." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#7 CB) rSr/2020 CB Damon ArnetteOhio State
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