After a controversial first round, the New York Giants traded back in to the bottom of the first round to select cornerback Deandre Baker out of Georgia.
Given what both Landon Collins and Lorenzo Carter said about the similarities between James Bettcher and Kirby Smart’s schemes, this pick should have been expected.
Came in to the 2018 season as one of the most highly-regards corners but took a step back over the course of the season when he didn’t take the anticipated step forward after being a legitimate shut-down corner in 2017.
Baker is an easy mover with smooth feet and hips, as well as the ability to stick in both man and zone coverage. He wasn’t as good in 2018 as he was in 2017, but still a good cover corner with versatility, physicality, and ballhawking skills.
Baker is a pedestrian athlete and has just modest size at 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, which is a surprise considering both Dave Gettleman and James Bettcher’s tendencies at the position.
Baker will give the Giants a Day 1 starter opposite Janoris Jenkins, and give the team time to work Sam Beal into their defensive secondary’s rotation.