What skillset will the Giants look for at cornerback if they add one in the draft?
No. 1 is coverage skills, the ability to cover the fastest, quickest and most elusive receivers on a variety of routes. Steve Spagnuolo likes to bring the pressure against opposing quarterbacks, which often leaves his cornerbacks covering some of the NFL's very best receivers one-on-one.
Those corners need the speed and smarts to stay with those wideouts and the strength and toughness to harass them in press coverage.
It's a demanding position that requires a diverse skill set, which is why top-flight cornerbacks are so difficult to find.
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With the departure of Walter Thurmond, the Giants could use some more players that are capable of playing inside at slot corner.
Trumaine McBride has done it well in the past, but there isn't a ton of experienced depth behind him. The Giants have had the bad luck of suffering a rash of injuries at cornerback the last few years, which lends credence to the old adage: you can never have enough cornerbacks.
First, let's look at the current state of the position on the Giants. They return starters Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who is an established veteran in the NFL, and Prince Amukamara, who is becoming one and is poised to take another leap this season. So it's not a glaring need, but if the best player available is a corner, then you can never have enough depth, which we saw last year. But if they do go that route, they could look for a slot corner.
In free agency, they parted with one of the better players in the league at that position in Walter Thurmond III, who was injured for most of 2014. The Giants need to be able to get off the field defensively, and that role is key on third down.
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