Oakland Raiders Cornerback Stanford Routt Is Primed to Become an Elite Player

Stanford Routt.

This guy received so much scrutiny from Raider Nation it was ridiculous. While some of it was deserved, a lot was uncalled for.

Routt was drafted in the second round in 2005 and faced an anxious Raider Nation that wanted to see him on the field and contributing immediately. However, it was not to be. Routt found himself getting burned for touchdowns often and eventually was buried on the depth chart.

Many wanted the Raiders to cut him, but I said we should have faith in his development as a player.

I hate to say I told you so, but...

Routt had a breakout year in 2010, with a burn percentage that rivaled that of Nnamdi Asomugha's at 39.4 percent of passes attempted getting completed. That was good enough to be tied for third in the league with his teammate.

Chris Johnson, the oft-injured nickel corner, was in sixth place with 40.5 percent.

Interesting. With Asomugha a free agent, Raider Nation is looking for the next Pro Bowl cornerback to join Oakland—when in reality, they already have him in Routt.

Here's why.

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