The New York Giants boast one of the best secondaries in the NFL. Worrying about the future of their third corner is a problem many, many other teams would love to have.
But despite being one of the top corners in the league last year, the Giants could be thinking of life after Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
The Giants would likely not be looking to draft one of the top outside corners, but they could look at a corner who projects inside. Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie is a versatile corner who played both outside and in the slot in college and could present a good value after the first round.
- Tightly coiled, twitchy DB. Good blend of speed, agility, and explosiveness.
- Versatile DB. Plays man and zone coverage, out wide and in the slot.
- Dependable in coverage, 18 passes defensed (and 3 interceptions) in the last two years.
- Good blitzing corner, has eight sacks and 18 tackles for a loss over the last two years.
- Willing run defender, comes down to play the run like a safety.
- Good size at 6’0”, 202 pounds, but doesn’t have great length. (30 ⅝ inch arms)
- Didn’t get many interceptions in college and small hands could make it hard to snag picks.
- Aggressive play could lead to pass interference calls in the stricter NFL.
Does He Fit With The Giants?
The Giants might not like Awuzie’s arm length or hand size, but Steve Spagnuolo would probably love most everything else about him. He is aggressive and doesn’t shy away from contact, can blitz, and has the versatility to play in Spags’ “multiple” defense.
With Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple locking down the outside corner spots for the foreseeable future, Awuzie would likely play the slot. That spot is currently manned by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but he is over 30 and has missed time with injury. Awuzie could prove to be a natural heir at the position.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 61st overall
CBS Sports - 28th overall
Draft Countdown - 59th overall
Draft Tek - 31st overall
It’s easy to overlook Awuzie in this draft class. There are bigger name players from traditional football factories that can easily steal the spotlight from the Colorado product.
There aren’t many corners that have Awuzie’s versatility, aggressive play, and ability to attack into the backfield. He might not get the recognition that some of the other more physically impressive corners, but he is the kind of player who could quickly become a coach’s -- and fan -- favorite.