In the wake of DeAndre Baker’s arrest on four counts of armed theft and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, unheard of has been made about “red flags” surfacing regarding Baker ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.
“Sources had been telling me he used to be no longer taking mix practicing severely,” Pauline told The Put up. “He used to be more or less an entitled form of child, he anticipated things to come very easy to him, he didn’t seek factual in drills. After which must you return, and also you seek at his 2019 mix, he used to be a large disappointment.
“This one year after I used to be at the Senior Bowl practices, the closing day of apply, I used to be talking to about a of the Enormous of us, they didn’t sing me he used to be a depraved guy or anything, they talked about he’s monotonous as dust. He struggled taking instruction in teaching, he most incessantly likes to prefer out it his own way.” …
“I would own never taken that guy in the first spherical. Never,” Pauline talked about.
Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Put up talked about a offer told him there used to be a “fight in our constructing” over whether or no longer the Giants must prefer Baker.
“There used to be a fight in our constructing on whether we had been going to take DeAndre or no longer,” a offer conscious of the Giants’ draft thinking told The Put up, “since the story used to be he had to own his a– kicked each day to work onerous at Georgia — to even flow to apply. We knew that and we gentle drafted him, and from Day 1 it used to be like taking a guy in the first spherical that you just had to dispute nearly every little thing to.”
Our own Chris Pflum had nary a observe to recount about perspective/work ethic considerations when he did his prospect profile on Baker:
He isn’t as very popular as he used to be entering the season, but that used to be coming off of a 2017 season whereby he allowed supreme 5 receptions on 19 targets in 15 video games (maintaining opposing quarterbacks to a completion percentage of 26.3 percent). Shutting opposing offenses down to that extent is no longer sustainable and regression used to be going to happen, and this season used to be viewed as something of a disappointment.
On the discipline, Baker presentations rapid toes and fluid hips which let him hide receivers tightly, at instances exhibiting to bustle their routes for them. Georgia played a fairly various protection blueprint, asking Baker to line up in both man and zone coverages, and he played neatly in both. In man protection his toes and hips saw him thru, whereas in zone his size, closing burst, and football IQ helped him stand out. He’s likely to be a closer zone nook than man at the next stage, if handiest because his prolonged budge would possibly be a discipline going thru sooner receivers, but he must be ready to prefer his own in both.
It is doubtless that Baker would possibly be one of the critical first two cornerbacks selected in the draft, but an uninspiring plight community as a whole and the depth chart appears muddied. It is undoubtedly doubtless that his lack of elite measurables will fall him to the 2nd day
Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Document talked about he didn’t own indispensable considerations at the time about Baker, whom he had given a 2nd-spherical grade. He did, despite the indisputable truth that, write this in a scouting drawl:
“There’s nothing stopping DeAndre from being a considerably greater participant than I truly own projected him to be, all he has to prefer out is be more of a pacesetter than a follower in his play on the discipline. He has the talent and I reflect he has the arm span to create up for his lack of size. As rapidly as he turns into more of a team participant this kid would possibly be one of the critical steals of the draft. It’s all up to him.”
Scott Wright of Draft Countdown talked about his considerations had been “Moral maturity stuff on Baker. Obviously nothing like this.”
Emory Hunt of Football Gameplan talked about “I don’t at all” after I asked him if he remembered having considerations about Baker’s perspective popping out of Georgia.
“A quantity of what I heard used to be considerations about his budge/athleticism,” Hunt talked about.
Passe NFL GM Jeff Diamond told me he “didn’t hear of red flags on Baker” ahead of the 2019 draft.
The scouting drawl in the draft e-book published by The Athletic’s Dane Brugler even included praise for Baker’s apply habits:
“… venerable Georgia DC Mel Tucker: “He works truly onerous in apply, he’s developed in the assembly room, he’s emerged as a pacesetter for us.”
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote this scouting drawl:
“Pesky press nook who has proven he can thrive against man-to-man challenges in a competitive convention. Baker isn’t a burner, but has factual play budge and the foot quickness and pattern recognition to prevent tight in his protection. The top discipline groups can own with Baker is determining whether or no longer he can provide up 30-plus kilos against bigger, out of doorways receivers and gentle prefer up. While there might be likely to be some matchup considerations at instances, his ball skills, talent and competitive nature must overcome his smaller frame.”
After I asked Zierlein about it he talked about:
“Purchased some [intel on Baker] after I wrote it [the scouting report] but no longer till sooner than Mix. I carried out up shedding his grade some as a result of it. Didn’t hear this more or less stuff, despite the indisputable truth that. It used to be more about bailing on pre-mix exercises and the depraved interviews at mix.”
Jeremy Attaway of SB Nation’s Dawg Sports, which covers Georgia, had this to recount after I asked him if he had heard character considerations about Baker.
“No. Obviously 80 percent of younger of us recruited from south Florida own some buddies/associates who must create any GM miserable if they’re striking around. Nevertheless the guy never obtained in hassle in Athens below [Mark] Richt or [Kirby] Trim,” Attaway talked about.
“Bit of an perspective, certain. Nevertheless it undoubtedly’s a gorgeous wide bounce for me from “Deandre doesn’t truly get rid of to apply” (a thing I’ve truly heard and which would possibly truthfully be talked about about a few guys) to “Deandre supreme committed an armed theft” (a thing I frankly never anticipated to hear).”
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