There was no doubt the Giants were heading into the 2019 NFL Draft looking for secondary help with their picks. But no one expected them to bring in three new cornerbacks when all was said and done.
It was Georgia's DeAndre Baker that the Giants traded back into the first round to get at No. 30 overall. He could be in position for a starting role with his aggressive style of play that fits well with defensive coordinator James Bettcher's scheme. But on Day 3, the Giants went out and selected Notre Dame's Julian Love and Washburn's Corey Ballentine as well.
With three new corners and Sam Beal also coming back from his shoulder injury that kept him out all of 2018, where does that leave Janoris Jenkins?
Jenkins is the lone veteran at the top of the depth chart now, and his name was thrown around the rumor mill this offseason as a player the Giants may have traded away with his five-year, $62.5 million taking up precious cap space. But when asked about Jenkins during his post-Draft press conference, GM Dave Gettleman said Jenkins isn't moving because he has some training to do.
"Janoris has a bunch of puppies he's got to train," Gettleman told reporters.
After the Odell Beckham Jr. situation, one must take Gettleman's comments with a grain of salt. But Jenkins will be viewed as the leader in the DB room that the youngsters can learn vital NFL tips from.
He did appear excited to take the draftees under his wing.
Oooo yeah we all finna Ball, congrats young Fellas..- JackRabbit2.0 (@JjenkzLockdown) April 27, 2019
Like most of these rookies, Jenkins plays an aggressive style of ball, and it has paid dividends over his career. Last season, he had two interceptions and 70 combined tackles as well as 15 passes defended. And in 2017, he returned two of his three interceptions for a touchdown.
So on top of his normal workload that includes being the Giants top option at corner, Jenkins will be tasked with being a mentor to those after him. That is if he does stay with the Giants once the season rolls around.