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Meet Deandre Baker: New Giants’ Cornerback Ready to Jump in and Compete

Baker says he believes he was the best cornerback in the draft.

The Giants surprised a lot of people with their first first-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. They surprised just as many people with their third first-round pick. Just the fact there was a third first-round pick was surprising enough.

That pick — Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker — might be the best player the Giants drafted in the first round. Last year, Baker allowed just 19 receptions on 43 targets (44.2 percent completion rate) and 4.1 yards per target, which was the fourth-best mark in this class. Baker spent most of his time in man coverage — 54.4 percent of his snaps — and allowed a positive play by Expected Points Added on just 33.1 percent of plays in man coverage and his 4.3 yards allowed per snap was third-best in this corner class. All stats courtesy of Sports Info Solutions.

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