Giants prioritize run game by picking Barkley

Posted April 27, 2018

Eli Manning is in the twilight of his career, but the Giants have gone with the player they believe is the best in the draft.

Barkley, like Odell Beckham Jr., is the type of special talent that can find the end zone from anywhere on the field.

The note reads, "Saquon Barkley No Matter What", which is a play on the fake scene in the movie where Kevin Costner unfolds a note that reads "Vontae Mack No Matter What".

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Barkley could be a guy that puts them over the top, or at least back in contention. "It's rare", a scout who studied the draft's running backs said. There is all kinds of potential for blockbuster trades within the top five picks alone - the Giants, Browns and Broncos could all be serious trade candidates - and this is the wildest quarterback landscape I can ever recall. The veteran quarterback will turn 38 in December and has two years remaining on his contract.

"If I was doing a mock today I would slot him second overall to the Giants, but I would do so playing a hunch", CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora wrote on Barkley hours ahead of the draft.

With Barkley selected at No. 2, he'll receive a four-year deal worth roughly $7.8 million per season - the fourth-highest average annual value among all running backs - according to Spotrac.

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Though he didn't work out at the Penn State pro day, Barkley did not disappoint at the scouting combine, posting a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.24 seconds to go along with a 4.40 40-yard dash, a 41-inch vertical leap and 29 bench press reps of 225 pounds. "To come back to the place where I was drafted, it's going to be a special moment". Barkley's built like them but doesn't necessarily run like them.

The Giants desperately needed to upgrade their running back position, especially if they believe they still can win with the immobile Manning.

The Giants haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012. The Giants' offense finished 31st in the National Football League last season averaging 15.4 points per game. "Darnold will be in play", Vacchiano wrote recently, "because there are some in the organization who think passing on a franchise quarterback would be nuts".

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