TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Las Vegas Raiders in the fifth round (167th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft, May 1, 2021.
Played in 16 games with nine starts as a rookie in 2021, recording 71 tackles (50 solo), one sack, one INT, three passes defensed and one forced fumble and adding three stops on special teams.
Named to Pro Football Focus All-Rookie Team in 2021.
Appeared in 39 games with 34 starts for Illinois from 2017-20, compiling 168 tackles (110), 12.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three INTs, 18 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
2021: Played in 16 games with nine starts in his rookie campaign...Recorded 71 tackles (50 solo) with one sack, one INT, three passes defensed and one forced fumble...Added three stops on special teams...(9/13) vs. Bal.: Made his NFL debut, recording two tackles in the win...(9/19) at Pit.: Tied for third on the team with six tackles (four)...(9/26) vs. Mia.: Started in the win, recording three tackles...(10/4) at LAC: Recorded four tackles (two) in the contest...(10/10) vs. Chi.: Finished with four tackles (three) and one pass defensed...(10/17) at Den.: Recorded a career-high 10 tackles (six), finishing third on the team...Added one stop on special teams...(10/24) vs. Phi.: Finished with one tackle in the win...(11/7) at NYG: Started and recorded three tackles (two) and his first career sack, taking down QB Daniel Jones for a loss of five yards...Added one stop on special teams...(11/14) vs. KC: Started and tallied six tackles (five) and one forced fumble...(11/21) vs. Cin.: Finished with four tackles (three)...(11/25) at Dal.: Recorded four tackles on defense, adding one stop on special teams...(12/5) vs. Was.: Finished with nine tackles (four), including one for loss...Recorded his first career interception and added on pass defensed...(12/12) at KC: Recorded three tackles, all solo...(12/26) vs. Den.: Returned to action in a limited role on special teams...(1/2/22) at Ind.: Recorded four tackles (three) in the win, while also appearing on special teams...(1/9/22) vs. LAC: Finished with seven tackles (five), one tackle for loss and one pass defensed...Postseason: (1/15/22) at Cin.: Recorded five tackles (two) with one pass defensed on defense...Added three stops on special teams.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Illinois from 2017-20, appearing in 39 career games with 34 starts…Compiled 168 tackles (110 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three INTs, 18 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during his career…As a senior, started five games and missed three contests due to injury…Totaled 31 tackles (22), one INT and three passes defensed…Was named a Phil Steele Preseason All-Big Ten Third Team selection…As a junior, started all 13 games at cornerback….Recorded 67 tackles (44), including 5.5 tackles for loss, one INT, 11 passes defensed and one fumble recovery…Named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the media…As a sophomore in 2018, played nine games with seven starts at cornerback…Totaled 22 tackles (13), including three tackles for loss, one INT and two passes defensed…Added four punt returns for seven yards and two kickoff returns for 27 yards…As a freshman in 2017, played in all 12 games with 10 starts at cornerback…Tallied 48 tackles (31), one sack, two passes defensed and one forced fumble…Recorded 10 kickoff returns for 223 yards and four punt returns for five yards…Was named to the BTN.com All-Freshman team…Led all players in defensive snaps…Finished seventh on the team with 48 tackles…Majored in sociology.
PERSONAL: Attended Louisville (Ky.) Male High School…Rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com…Ranked No. 15 recruit in Kentucky by 247Sports.com…Also lettered in track and field.
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS: Special Teams Tackles – 3 in 2021; NFL Totals: 3.
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: TACKLES: Total – 10, 10/17/21 at Den. Solo – 6, 10/17/21 at Den. Sacks – 1, 11/7/21 at NYG. Interceptions – 1, 12/5/21 vs. Was. Passes Defensed – 1, three times; last: 1/9/22 vs. LAC. Forced Fumbles – 1, 11/14/21 vs. KC.