It’s bad when a team can’t sack the opposing quarterback. The problem is greatly compounded when they can’t cover receivers either. Big Blue’s overall pass coverage was bad when they had Janoris Jenkins in the lineup and even he didn’t finish among Pro Football Focus’ Top-25 cornerbacks. After the G-Men released Jackrabbit (and his big mouth) with two games remaining, the New York Giants may have been left with the worst corner group in the game.
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Granted the unit is young and very inexperienced, but none of the players has shown that they have the chops to be a solid cover corner in the NFL. Rookie DeAndre Baker was rated a dismal 48.4 by Pro Football Focus. The first-rounder improved as the season went on but he was clearly outmatched and oftentimes looked lost. Grant Haley, Sam Beal, Julian Love, and Corey Ballentine weren’t much better when they played corner either.
Out of that last group, Beal has been greatly hyped, but injuries have hampered his development and patience is wearing thin. Love, last year’s fourth-round pick out of Notre Dame, was a better fit at safety than corner. He could be the heir-apparent to Antoine Bethea.
Balentine has talent but projects to be a nickel. Finally, forget about Haley, he is useless. There were several times last year I thought Giants radio analyst Carl Banks was ready to jump out of the broadcast booth and fillet Haley on the sidelines.
This year’s free-agent class isn’t exactly loaded with cornerback talent. The Giants best bet for a big upgrade might be to draft Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah with the fourth overall pick.