NY Giants roster: Examining 3 options in the slot for 2021

Darnay Holmes #30 of the New York Giants (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Aaron Robinson, NY Giants
UCF Knights defensive back Aaron Robinson (31) Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports /

NY Giants Slot Option No. 2: Aaron Robinson

Despite all the talent the Giants had in their secondary prior to the draft, the front office decided to double down and selected Aaron Robinson out of UCF with the 71st overall pick.

A former Alabama player who transferred to Central Florida, Robinson couples press ability and quickness, making him a versatile player that has potential to play both on the boundary and in the slot, according to NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein:

"Cornerback prospect with inside/outside potential featuring good size and adequate speed. The former four-star prospect possesses quality athletic ability with good transition quickness and foot agility. He has press potential with the ability to open and connect with routes. However, he does have issues losing patience and opening his hips too soon against release and route fakes. He’s a willing tackler and proved to be much more consistent in that area in 2020. Robinson possesses the size and traits to garner attention as a Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) cornerback, but teams will have to decide whether he has the speed to play outside or if he’s a better fit for nickel duties."

Robinson will likely see a prominent role in 2021 for the Giants. The press ability he has in the slot could be useful for a coach like Patrick Graham who has been quoted before by North Jersey’s Art Stapleton about how man coverage is a necessity for success in the NFL.