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Presser Points: What Deonte Banks brings to Giants

The 25th pick has now been traded in seven consecutive drafts. The New York Giants kept the streak going Thursday night and moved up one spot to select Maryland cornerback Deonte Banks.

It kicked off the second draft under general manager Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll, who addressed the media at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center shortly after the pick. Following that, Banks hopped on a conference call from Baltimore.

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🔹 On the decision to move up one spot and trade with the Jaguars, Schoen said, "The way it went down and the way the board fell, we were getting depleted. So it was the right thing to do for us. We do a lot of research on team needs, and what people need behind us, and including the team that we traded with. So that was a scenario we put together early in the day if we got there, and we were worried about anybody else coming up to that position. We had something in place with Jacksonville and it worked out."

🔹 Schoen said "it got pretty tense" as the draft moved into the high teens and early 20s. "We had a lot of irons in the fire, whether it's moving up, moving back. We had a lot of opportunities to move out of 25 if we would have stayed there."

🔹 Schoen, who got a giant bear hug from Wink Martindale after the pick, said Banks fits the defensive coordinator's mold "to a T. He was ecstatic."

🔹 Schoen said Banks is a "prototype from a size standpoint. He's athletic. He's physical. He can run. He ran 4.32 at the Combine. He has arm length, big hands. He's been a four-year starter. He was hurt a year ago but he has played a lot of ball there at Maryland and schematically, he's a good fit. And we spent a lot of time with him. Met with him at the Combine. He's a guy that, you know, we went down to the pro day, and we spent a good amount of time with him, and again we felt comfortable with him."

🔹 Schoen gave the scouts a lot of credit for being on Banks early in the process. "You know he was hurt in 2021 and one of our guys was in there in August, and he wasn't really on our radar because he didn't play a lot in 2021 and so our scouts were on him early. So he is somebody that we were able to get out and see and we had several looks throughout the fall, live looks, whether it was at the school, games or at practice. So you know, we had very good coverage on him."

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🔹 Schoen met Banks for the first time at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he made a lasting impression. "Just personality. He's a personable individual. Football intellect was good. Very good understanding of [Maryland's] defense."

🔹 Schoen and Daboll set out to close the talent gap in the division, and Banks is a part of that process. "This is a passing league," Daboll said. "We have a tough division and Te, he's a tall, lengthy, press, man-to-man corner who we had graded high, and happy we have him."

🔹 Schoen talked to Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke earlier in the day and said, "Hey, I don't know if there may be a scenario where I'm worried about somebody coming behind us to this position, would you be open to it, these would be the parameters?" They stayed in communication throughout the draft.

🔹 The Giants play a variety of defenses in their system, but Banks has played a heavy amount of press man-to-man coverage. "He's strong," Daboll said. "He's got good length. He's got good quickness, good speed. And now we'll just throw him in the mix with our guys and good to have him."

🔹 Daboll was asked about Banks' lack of interceptions in college. "Look, he was around the ball quite a bit. There was a lot of pass breakups. He can match receivers. Again, it's new for all these young guys coming in, but I think he's a good player. I'm glad we got him."

🔹 The Round 1 move will not effect possible trades coming on the second or third days. "We still have our premium, second, third, fourth," Schoen said. "We are in good shape from that standpoint if we want to move around."

🔹 Banks said his confidence to is "really high. I'm just ready to get to work."

🔹 Banks clicked with the Giants' staff in their pre-draft meetings. "They have a unique kind of character. I loved them. It was a great meeting. … When I came out here, it felt like it was my home. I felt like that. Everybody was cool. It just felt like my home. It felt like family."

🔹 Banks knew if he made it to 25, the Giants would be the team to draft him.

🔹 Banks listed Jalen Ramsey and Marshon Lattimore as cornerbacks he admires. "I love how they play."

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