With the first round of the NFL Draft coming soon, it has plenty of people thinking about the hits and misses by teams in recent history. For the NY Giants, they've surely nailed it with some first-rounders, while others have been major busts.
There's no bigger bust, though, than cornerback DeAndre Baker. This was easily one of the worst decisions ever made by former Big Blue general manager Dave Gettleman. The team over at Pro Football Network agrees, as they've listed Baker as the worst NY first-round pick since 2000.
DeAndre Baker was a bonafide bust for the NY Giants and Dave Gettleman
""The worst two picks by the franchise were significant misses, even considering their track record. Baker played poorly as a rookie due to limited athleticism, had off-field issues, and then had a gruesome non-contact knee injury. He was the first player drafted in the top 64 released from his class." "- PFN's Ian Valentino
Baker was selected No. 30 overall by the Giants in 2019. Big Blue supporters had high hopes for Baker, but goodness, he never was able to live up the hype and his time with the Giants ended after only one season. Baker faced some disturbing robbery charges, leading to NY parting ways with him.
After all the charges were dropped, Baker ended up signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent two seasons with KC, appearing in 10 total games. After the 2021 season, we haven't seen Baker suit up for a game. Baker was cut by the Chiefs in August of 2022. Only three seasons in the NFL for a first-round pick?
Yup, that's exactly the case for the former Georgia standout. Baker had all the tools to be a solid defensive back for Big Blue, but he just wasn't the right fit from the start. Gettleman blew it with his decision, there's no doubt about that.