NFL media loves Deandre Baker’s confidence after pro day
Deandre Baker didn’t talk much in his time at Georgia. He largely let his play speak for itself, as he was an All-SEC selection at cornerback. Baker also won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2018, which goes to the nation’s defensive back.
But Baker made a pretty loud and clear statement at his pro day workout on Wednesday.
“I know I’m the best cornerback in the draft,” Baker said on Wednesday. “I don’t just believe it, I know I’m the best. … My film speaks for itself. My stats, everything. My production, week in and week out. You go back to 2017 or the first day I started I was the best cornerback in the nation.”
To Baker’s point, he didn’t surrender a touchdown in his final two years at Georgia, while also bringing in five interceptions. And he did so playing against the likes of Baker Mayfield and Tua Tagovailoa.
Kyle Brandt and Nate Burleson on the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, loved Baker’s bravado and honesty.
Go get it man. You got to not just say you’re the best in the game. You’re better than Deion (Sanders). You’re better than (Charles) Woodson,” Brandt said. “Corners gonna corner. I love it.”
"You want a guy that's over confident even when he gets beat cause he can bounce right back and act like it didn't happen." —@nateburleson
— GMFB (@gmfb) March 21, 2019
“You want a guy that’s over confident even when he gets beat cause he can bounce right back and act like it didn’t happen,” Burleson said.
Baker has a number of corners to battle with for the claim of being the best cornerback in 2019 NFL Draft, as guys like LSU’s Greedy Williams and Washington’s Byron Murphy also have claims to the title.
Based off of a number of mock drafts, Williams is likely to be the first cornerback taken, due largely to his measurables. Williams ran a 4.37 at the NFL combine. Baker improved his 40-yard dash time at Georgia’s pro day, but he still ran in the high 4.4 range.
As for some landing spots for the Georgia star, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Indianapolis all have a need at corner, and all pick at the end of the first round. The Colts’ GM, Chris Ballard, took a number of Georgia players in his time as Kansas City’s general manager, and recently signed former Bulldog Justin Houston to a two-year contract.
Should Baker go in the first round, it would be the second year in a row that a Georgia defender was taken in the first round, as the Chicago Bears took Roquan Smith with the No. 8 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel also were first round picks last season. Baker is the only Bulldog projected to be a first round pick in this year’s NFL draft, though wide receivers Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley both figure to come off the board in the second round.
The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is set for April 25 and will take place in Nashville.
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