Giants trade, move up to 24th overall, take CB Banks

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants filled a hole at cornerback, moving up a spot in the first round and taking Deonte Banks of Maryland with the 24th pick overall in the NFL draft Thursday night.

New York had a need at both wide receiver and cornerback heading into the draft and it went to fill the defensive side after four straight wide receivers were chosen ahead of its selection.

The Giants swapped picks with Jacksonville to move from No. 25 to 24.

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Banks is a physical corner who likes to mix it up and get involved against the run. He will get an opportunity to start right away opposite shut-down cornerback Adoree Jackson.

Banks will like playing in Wink Martindale aggressive scheme.

The Giants (9-7-1) made the playoffs for the first time since 2016 last season. They beat the Minnesota Vikings in the wild-card game before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round.


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Tom Canavan, The Associated Press