Deandre Baker
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Baker with the New York Giants in 2019
Personal information
Born: (1997-09-04) September 4, 1997 (age 25)
Miami, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Northwestern (Miami)
College:Georgia (2015–2018)
Position:Cornerback
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Tackles:82
Sacks:1
Pass deflections:10
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Deandre Lamar Baker (born September 4, 1997) is an American football cornerback who is a free agent. He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Baker only played a single season with the Giants before being released by them due to charges of armed robbery, which were later dropped. He has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

High school career

During his time at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Baker was an All-American Sprinter and participated in the 4 × 100 metres relay on the second leg.[1]

College career

Baker signed with Georgia on national signing day, despite speculation that he would sign with Texas based on a tweet he sent out the night before.[2] As a true freshman at Georgia in 2015, Baker played in 11 games. During the 2016 season, Baker was injured in a game against Vanderbilt. He recovered, but was later injured against Georgia Tech.[3] Following the 2017 season, Baker was named to the Second-team All-SEC.[4] Baker considered declaring for the 2018 NFL draft, but he ultimately elected to return to school for his senior year.[5]

Baker was one of the best defensive backs in college football in his senior season. He allowed only 175 yards and a 40.2 NFL passer rating to opposing receivers in 2018, which both ranked in the top 5 of all draft eligible cornerbacks with a minimum of 300 coverage snaps. He was named a consensus 2018 All-American and won the Jim Thorpe Award, awarded to the best defensive back in college football. Over his entire 4-year tenure at Georgia, Baker only allowed one touchdown.[6] Baker entered the 2019 NFL Draft as one of the best defensive back prospects.

College statistics
Year GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2015 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 8 21 10 31 1 1 2 27 13.5 0 5 1 0 0 1
2017 15 30 14 44 1 0 3 37 12.3 0 9 0 0 0 0
2018 12 31 9 40 2 0 2 81 40.5 0 9 0 0 0 1

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.52 s 9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

New York Giants

Baker in a game against the Washington Redskins
Baker in a game against the Washington Redskins

Baker was selected by the New York Giants in the first round, 30th overall, of the 2019 NFL Draft.[8] The Giants had traded up with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire the pick giving up their 37th, 132nd and 142nd picks.[9]

Baker was placed on the commissioner's exempt list on July 27, 2020, following his May 2020 arrest.[10] The Giants waived Baker on September 8, 2020.[11]

Kansas City Chiefs

On November 19, 2020, Baker was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad.[12] He was elevated to the active roster on December 19, December 26, and January 2, 2021, for the team's weeks 15, 16, and 17 games against the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and Los Angeles Chargers, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[13][14][15] Against the Chargers, Baker broke his femur on a non-contact play, becoming only the second NFL player to suffer a broken femur during a game. During the game, Baker recorded his first career sack on Justin Herbert.[16] He was placed on the practice squad/injured list on January 12, 2021.[17]

On February 9, 2021, Baker re-signed with the Chiefs.[18] He was waived on August 7, 2022.[19]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sack FF FR Yds Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2019 NYG 16 15 61 48 13 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 8
2020 KC 2 1 5 4 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2021 KC 8 1 16 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Career 26 17 82 65 17 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 10

Personal life

On May 14, 2020, a warrant was issued for Baker's arrest under charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm, along with Quinton Dunbar of the Seattle Seahawks.[20] The following day, Baker's lawyer issued a statement claiming that he was in possession of multiple affidavits allegedly exonerating his client.[21] The two allegedly robbed guests at gunpoint during a house party and had turned themselves in to the police by May 16.[22][23] On August 7, 2020, Baker was charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm.[24] There was evidence suggesting the alleged victims accepted $55,000 in exchange for changing their story in regards to Dunbar.[25] On November 16, 2020, the charges against Baker were dropped.[26][27]

References

  1. ^ Brumund-Smith, John (January 8, 2018). "ALABAMA VS. GEORGIA IN A 4X100M RELAY. WHO WINS?". Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Butler, Alex (February 4, 2015). "Despite a Texas tease, Northwestern's DeAndre Baker signs with Georgia". Miami Herald. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Butt, Jason (October 24, 2016). "Deandre Baker returns to practice after getting treatment over weekend". Macon Telegraph. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "2017 All-SEC Football Team announced". SEC Sports. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Emerson, Seth. "Georgia CB Deandre Baker makes decision on NFL draft". dawgnation.com. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  6. ^ McGuinness, Gordon (April 8, 2019). "Why Georgia's DeAndre Baker is a first-round talent in the 2019 NFL Draft". PFF. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "Deandre Baker Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  9. ^ "Giants pick Deandre Baker in NFL draft after trading back into first round". New York Post. April 26, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "NFL places CB DeAndre Baker on Commissioner Exempt List". Giants.com. July 27, 2020. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  11. ^ Eisen, Michael (September 8, 2020). "Giants waive cornerback DeAndre Baker". www.giants.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  12. ^ Alper, Josh (November 19, 2020). "Andy Reid on DeAndre Baker: He'll be asked to work hard and keep his nose clean". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  13. ^ Goldman, Charles (December 19, 2020). "Chiefs announce flurry of roster moves on Saturday". USAToday.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  14. ^ Goldman, Charles (December 26, 2020). "Chiefs announce several roster moves on Saturday". USAToday.com. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  15. ^ Goldman, Charles (January 2, 2021). "Chiefs announce flurry of new roster moves on Saturday". USAToday.com. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  16. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – January 3rd, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  17. ^ Goldman, Charles (January 12, 2021). "Chiefs sign QB Jordan Ta'amu to practice squad, cut Tyler Clark". USAToday.com. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  18. ^ Alper, Josh (February 10, 2021). "Chiefs sign Deandre Baker for 2021". NBCSports.com. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  19. ^ Dixon, John (August 7, 2022). "Chiefs release cornerback Deandre Baker". SBNation.com. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  20. ^ Rosenblatt, Zack (May 14, 2020). "Giants' DeAndre Baker to be arrested for armed robbery: Has he turned himself in yet? What happened? Here are more details". nj. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  21. ^ Lombardo, Matt (May 16, 2020). "Attorney for Giants' DeAndre Baker claims witness affidavits reveal cornerback's innocence of armed robbery charges". NJ.com. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  22. ^ "NFL players surrender after robbery charge". BBC News. May 16, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  23. ^ Smith, Michael David (May 16, 2020). "Attorney says Deandre Baker turned himself in this morning". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  24. ^ Smith, Michael David (August 7, 2020). "DeAndre Baker faces four robbery charges, Quinton Dunbar not charged". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  25. ^ Benton, Dan (July 11, 2020). "DeAndre Baker's attorneys dispute alleged pay-off cover-up". Giants Wire. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  26. ^ Raanan, Jordan (November 16, 2020). "All charges dropped against ex-Giants CB Baker". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  27. ^ Olmeda, Rafael (November 16, 2020). "Lawyer accused of attempting to extort ex-NFL player DeAndre Baker". sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved November 16, 2020.