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The New York Giants were successful in 2011 because of the depth they carried at the cornerback position. Once free agency began this offseason, they made sure to focus on retaining that depth by re-signing injured starter Terrell Thomas as well as backups Michael Coe and Justin Tryon.
The Giants will likely address cornerback in the draft as well, as they so often do, with the hopes of adding more depth at the position and finding a potential hidden gem. Georgia’s Brandon Boykin is a great option to do so with in the third round.
Boykin has potential, but it does not appear as though he will be a top cornerback in the NFL. However, he has shown talent with good ball skills and an impressive ability to play against the run. Boykin could be a valuable pickup to utilize during nickel and dime packages, but also brings something to the table the Giants may like—he is a phenomenal return man.
New York has lacked in the return game for some time, due in part to injuries suffered by Domenik Hixon. Ranking second in SEC history for kick return yards, Boykin brings an extra layer to his game that should entice the Giants at the end of the third round.