Pick It Apart; DeAndre Baker

The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?

We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….

Pick: 30th Overall

Player: DeAndre Baker

Draft by: New York Giants

Grade: B-


The Giants became the second team to make three picks in the first round this year when they moved back up to take DeAndre Baker at pick 30. As we have already been through, we’re not the biggest fans of the Giants picks, for various reasons but I would say that this was the best pick of the three.

However, that’s not saying a great deal and isn’t a ringing endorsement either.

I like Baker as a corner, I had him as my CB4 in my pre draft rankings; he’s feisty and plays with that chip on his shoulder that you really have to if you’re going to make it in the league as a top cornerback.

Baker is an experienced player and has come from a huge programme in Georgia and  despite being smaller, he plays with really nice press man technique and he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty in the run game.

I’ve spoken about this in the past, and this is where the negatives start, if you hadn’t already guessed… Baker’s long speed is a *problem*; He ran a 4.52, 40 yard dash in Indy in the pre draft process. I just don’t know if I can draft a corner who runs that slow in the first round – First round picks are so valuable.

He’s a good player and he “plays bigger than his size” but in an NFL which almost exclusively revolves around speed, especially on defense… I don’t know if I could do what Gettleman did.

The Giants also invested a fair amount in the cornerback position over the past few years too, are there not other areas of the team that need attention?

This team has spent this years 30th overall pick on Baker, a 2019 3rd round pick on Sam Beal (via last year’s Supplemental Draft) and then this years 4th round pick on (my CB5) Julian Love… like, is that not excessive?! Fine, I like Baker and I like Love and maybe the fact that Beal was on the roster last season has meant the fact that they effectively spent 3 rounds of picks on corners has flown right under the radar.

I mean if they all work out then fantastic, you cut Jenoris Jenkins next year for $3.5m and you;re sorted at corner for a long while but wow, good luck with that crazy draft strategy.

Fantasy Football Impact:

You’re out of your mind if you’re drafting the Giants defense.

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