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Make the Case: Could Giants go CB in first round?


"Make the Case" has once again returned on

In this series, we look at projections provided by analysts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do in the draft.

Next up is a debate between the selections from ESPN's top two draft analysts, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, and NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Pick: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 197

2022 stats: 12 games, 38 tackles (25 solo), one interception, eight passes defensed, 0.5 sacks

Accolades: All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2022)

"With the top three receivers off the board in this scenario, the Giants shouldn't reach -- which is what Todd is about to do for Dallas. New York should target a corner instead. Banks has the size, speed and instincts to be a No. 1 corner."

Pick: Brian Branch, CB, Alabama

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190

2022 stats: 13 games, 90 tackles (58 solo), three sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two interceptions, seven passes defensed

Accolades: Second-Team All-American (2022), Second-Team All-SEC (2022), CFP National Champion (2020)

"The smart, tough and consistent Branch can play nickel or step right into the safety spot that opened up with the free agency departure of Julian Love."

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