2. Deandre Baker, Georgia
5-11, 193: The Thorpe winner as the nation’s best defensive back has good size and is great at attacking the ball with 23 career broken up passes and seven picks.
He’s a true cover-corner with No. 1 skills to erase a top receiver with his physical style – and that has to be his game. He plays fast, and he doesn’t have issues with quickness or fluidity in his style, but he’s not a blazer.
The raw wheels aren’t always a must to be a Pro Bowl corner, the 4.52 at the combine was a wee bit sluggish for a first round talent.
Throw in that his physical style might not be enough at the next level considering he’s not huge, and there are just enough concerns to be a wee bit wary.
Don’t overthink this. He’s a fighter who’ll get past his issues and be a starter right out of the gate.
Projected Round: Early Second
Real Value: Late First