What does New York Giants 1st Round Pick Deandre Baker Bring to the Defense?

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Deandre Baker (Georgia) is selected as the number thirty overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants came into the 1st round of the 2019 NFL draft with two picks. At the end of the night, the Giants left with three total players taken in the 1st round.

With their 6th pick, the Giants drafted quarterback Daniel Jones out of Duke University. This is a polarizing pick that stunned the NFL world. The Giants then drafted a defensive tackle, Dexter Lawrence, with the 17th pick.

The Giants were supposed to be done after the 17th pick, but Dave Gettleman had other plans. A player high on his board was falling and he made an aggressive move to get him.

The New York Giants traded up with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire the 30th overall pick and draft Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker.

DeAndre Baker Stats And Highlights

In 2018, DeAndre Baker played on a talented Georgia defense that made its way into the college football playoffs. Baker is a physical cornerback with nice size at 5 feet 11 inches, 193 pounds.

Baker recorded 7 interceptions in his collegiate career (2 in 2018). He also totaled 23 passes defended (9 in 2018). DeAndre also showed physicality, racking up 40 total tackles in 2018 (116 in his entire career).

DeAndre Baker was the first cornerback drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft class and the only one selected in the 1st round. The Giants are weak in the secondary, so Baker is an excellent pick. He will fit nicely in defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s scheme. Dave Gettleman called DeAndre Baker the best cover corner in the draft.

Trade Breakdown

In order to acquire DeAndre Baker, the Giants had to trade up from their 2nd round pick. The Giants traded Seattle the 37th overall pick (round 2), the 132nd overall pick (round 4), and the 142nd overall pick (round 5).

The Giants have 7 picks remaining in the 2019 NFL Draft. Those picks are 95th overall (round 3), 108th overall (round 4), 143rd overall (round 5), 171st overall (round 5), 180th overall (round 6), 232nd overall (round 7), and 245th overall (round 7).