Ranking the 7 most important NY Giants players on defense

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6. CB Deonte Banks

Last season, one of the biggest holes on the Giants' defense was the lack of a consistent outside corner to play opposite of Adoree' Jackson. However, after being selected No. 24 overall in this year's draft, it seems like Joe Schoen finally found the Giants guy at CB2. This is what makes Banks so important. He may have his ups and downs as a rookie, but he is filling an incredibly important position.

The Giants need Banks to provide a skillset the team hasn't had in a long time now. He doesn't have to be perfect, but the bar for a second outside corner is so low that he could just be on the field and it would be an improvement. However, we know Banks will be great on Day 1 - there's a reason Schoen and the Giants' front office were so high on him.

Throughout his final season at Maryland, Banks allowed 26 receptions on 60 targets for 258 yards and four touchdowns. Alongside this, Banks snagged an interception and broke up eight passes. Prior to the draft, Banks was considered to be arguably the third best corner in the draft, making him a huge steal at 24th overall.

If Banks pans out, he could singlehandedly change the Giants' pass defense. No longer will they have to consistently run a soft zone in order to counter their lack of elite CB play. Pairing Banks and Jackson could allow more press-man schemes to be run while focusing on rushing the passer.