Ranking the top DB prospects by ability to start for the Giants Week 1

Will the G-Men land any of these playmakers?
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1. Iowa CB Cooper Dejean

Cooper DeJean remains one of, if not the best defensive back prospect in the draft. His supreme athleticism and ball skills make him a prime candidate to be a starting corner or safety in the NFL immediately regardless of where he is drafted.

The biggest knock against DeJean right now is that he suffered a broken fibula at the end of the 2023 season, so his athletic traits were unable to be tested at the NFL Combine. Despite this, his skill is very evident on film and if the injury doesn't have any long-term effects, there's almost nothing stopping DeJean from becoming a star in the NFL.

In the 10 games we saw out of DeJean last season, he allowed 20 receptions on 46 targets for 194 yards and zero touchdowns. He also managed to snag two interceptions and break up four passes in the process.

DeJean may not have much experience at safety, but his skill set and traits make it easy to see him playing the position in the NFL. This makes it even easier to imagine the Giants potentially trading back and landing him in the middle of the first round.