4 NY Giants who have raised their stock the most with 1 preseason game left

It's been a summer to remember for these Big Blue playmakers

New York Giants rookie cornerback Tre Hawkins talks to reporters after training camp in East
New York Giants rookie cornerback Tre Hawkins talks to reporters after training camp in East / Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com /
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1. NY Giants CB Tre Hawkins

No player has had their stock improved more this summer than Hawkins. After being drafted in the sixth round by Big Blue this spring (a pick that was acquired in the Kadarius Toney trade), Hawkins has flown up the depth chart.

In the modern NFL, sixth-round picks are no guarantees to make the 53-man roster. Hawkins, who was drafted due to his uber athleticism, started the summer playing with the third-team defense, but has shot his way up to a starting job alongside Banks on the outside.

When the summer started, Adoree' Jackson and Banks were the two projected outside corners, with Cor'Dale Flott and Darnay Holmes expected to battle for the slot job. Hawkins has been impressive enough this summer to give Giants defensive coaches the confidence to play two rookies, him and Banks, as the two outside corners while moving Jackson, the team's best corner, to the slot.

Hawkins has allowed just 30 yards through 61 snaps this preseason while racking up five tackles. PFF has Hawkins as Big Blue's highest-graded cornerback this preseason, ahead of Flott, Holmes, Jackson, and Banks.

Hawkins did not allow a reception during Friday's win over the Panthers. Giants DB coach Jerome Henderson said that he should have gone earlier in the draft, and it's hard to argue with that after watching him in coverage Friday.

Hawkins has shot up from an athletic sixth-round pick with intriguing traits to an opening-day starter in four months—a meteoric rise. He's going to be a player to keep a close eye on in 2023, no doubt about that.

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