After being passed over by a handful of teams who could use a good corner, Deandre Baker has found his NFL home in Gotham.
The Giants made Baker the 30th pick in the first round of the draft. He’s the first Georgia Bulldog off the board.
At 5’11, 193 pounds Baker is a compact, physical corner. While he lacks elite length and blazing straight line speed, Baker makes up for it with excellent change of direction, fantastic ball skills, and an ability to bump and bang with even much bigger receivers.
Baker famously didn’t give up a single touchdown during his junior and senior season’s at Georgia. That’s even more remarkable given that he repeatedly drew assignments against top receivers week in and week out. Nothing speaks like production, and Deandre Baker produced during his time in Athens.
Baker plays a physical brand of football, and could struggle against true burner receivers and tended to draw penalties at times when trying to contain those guys. But he also has a tremendous football IQ, solid instincts, and the confidence bordering on arrogance required to succeed as a lockdown NFL corner. Great pick, Giants, and best of luck Deandre.