Deonte Banks loved the matchups with Giants WR Malik Nabers at OTAs

The Giants' past two first-round draft picks are hitting it off quickly
New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts
New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts / Luke Hales/GettyImages

The NY Giants have two budding stars who are expected to be the future of the franchise. Cornerback Deonte Banks shined in his rookie year, entrenching himself as one of the best young defensive backs in the NFL. Meanwhile, receiver Malik Nabers was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2024 draft and is the most exciting wideout in East Rutherford since Odell Beckham Jr.

As the team progresses through OTAs, Brian Daboll has conducted several practices. The two young Giants have lined up opposite each other a few times. During a media appearance, Banks had nothing but good things to say about Nabers, comparing the young receiver to himself.

Deonte Banks loves competing against new Giants WR1 Malik Nabers

"He's explosive. Me and him are really like the same person. If you look at our build, size, speed, we're really the same person. [The matchups] have been real fun, real competitive."

Giants CB Deonte Banks

It appears that they are quickly hitting it off in practice. Banks has really enjoyed competing in 1-on-1 matchups with his new teammate, and he thinks that they have a similar physical makeup. Banks stands at 6-2, while Nabers is 6-0, and both players weigh in at 200 pounds.

After being drafted No. 24 overall in 2023, Banks recorded 64 total tackles, 11 pass deflections, and caught two interceptions. He became better as the campaign went along, giving NY supporters hope for what he could do in the future. The Maryland product will have increased expectations heading into Year 2.

Nabers will benefit greatly from running routes against a corner of Banks' caliber. He was a superstar during his three years at LSU, reeling in 89 catches for 1,569 yards and 14 TDs in his junior year. However, he is facing much higher competition at the next level and could learn a thing or two from NY's CB1.

This is a very encouraging sign for Big Blue supporters. With two of the best players on the team pushing each other to get better, these competitive matchups in practice should go a long way when the regular season arrives.