New York Giants Draft Saquon Barkley With Number Two Pick

With the second pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

Reports from around the team started leaning towards Barkley over the past couple of days, as quarterbacks such as Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen fell out of favor with the Giants organization, and the pick is now official after Cleveland passed on Barkley to select Baker Mayfield with the first pick.

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Barkley is from The Bronx and has stayed relatively close to home for college. He finished his three year career at Penn State with 3,483 rushing yards and 1,195 receiving yards, as well as 51 total touchdowns.

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He also finished with an average of 5.7 yards per attempt, and scored twice as a return man for the Nittany Lions last year. Now, Barkley will play for his hometown and will be one of the cornerstones of the Giants team next season as the team rebuilds.

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NFL 32-Team Mock Draft – Giants Grab Top Rated Player

We are finally here! The NFL draft is upon us, so it is only right I submit yet another mock draft that will be completely way off base. Hopefully this will be one of the most accurate mocks you will have seen over the past couple months.

  • Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield-QB- Oklahoma

The Browns get their quarterback of the future with the number one overall pick. Yes, I believe Mayfield will be the Browns choice as they decide not to go with Darnold or Allen.

  1.    New York Giants: Saquan Barkley-RB, Penn State

There will be a lot of Giant fans upset that they did not draft a quarterback but a couple of 50+ yard touchdowns early in the season will surely quiet the critics.

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  1.     New York Jets: Josh Rosen-QB, UCLA

Rosen’s personality, New York City, the Jets. Yes what can go wrong. Hopefully for Jet fans they get their QB of the future and end the turnstile at that position.

  1.    Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb-DE, NC State

The Browns will bookend Myles Garrett with Bradley Chubb. The Browns are going to be a dangerous team moving forward.

  1.    Denver Broncos: Sam Darnold-QB, USC

The Broncos get what many believe to be the best QB in the draft. He may sit a year behind Keenum but if Denver struggles or he outshines Keenum in preseason we may see Darnold sooner rather than later.

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  1.    Indianapolis Colts: Quentin Nelson-G-Notre Dame

Keeping Andrew Luck upright and healthy should be priority number one. Nelson will be an impact starter day 1.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James-S, Florida State

Last year everyone expected big things from the Bucs. Maybe we were all a year early. Adding to the defense with James may help put people back on the bandwagon. If Winston is better than this team can be dangerous.

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  1. Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith-LB, Georgia

The Bears defense took great strides last year. Adding Smith to this defense will help take some pressure off of Trubisky.

  1.   San Francisco 49ers:Denzel Ward-CB-Ohio State

The 49ers get the best CB in the draft. Wide Receiver and linebacker were also possibilities here but passing on Ward would be a mistake. He will be able to learn from one of the games best CB’s.

  1.   Oakland Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick -DB, Alabama

Gruden will love the versatility that Minkah will bring to the defense. Adding another impact player to the defensive side of the ball is a must.

  1. Miami Dolphins: Tremaine Edmunds- LB, Virginia Tech

Miami gets possibly the best athlete in the draft with Edmunds. He may need some work but he can become a big playmaker in the league.

  1. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen-QB, Wyoming

The Bills get their QB and they do not even have to trade up. Josh Allen drops into their lap. He will not beat out Mccarron year one but this could be a steal a couple of years from now.

  1. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea-DT, Washington

The Redskins get the best run stuffer in the draft which will try and help against the likes of Elliott and Barkley. Great pick up for them.

  1. Green Bay Packers: Marcus davenport-DE, Texas-San Antonio

The Packers will need to add to the pass rush in this draft and sitting at 14 there is no better option than Marcus Davenport.

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson-QB, Louisville

The Cardinals signed Sam Bradford in the off-season but he is not the future for the Cardinals. Jackson can learn for a year before getting the starting job in Arizona.

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Frank Ragnow-C, Arkansas

The Ravens lost their starting Center in free agency so they draft a better replacement. He will come in and be the starter day 1.

  1. San Diego Chargers:Da’Ron Payne-DT, Alabama

A monster of a human being is just what the Chargers needed to add to their line. This addition will fly under a lot of peoples radar but he will be a steal for the Chargers here.

  1. Seattle Seahawks:Harold Landry-DE, Boston College

The Seahawks traded away Michael bennett this off-season and although they have other holes to fill, they add a pass rusher.

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Ridley-WR, Alabama

The Cowboys released Dez Bryant so you have to figure they are targeting a wide receiver to replace him. They get potentially the best WR in the draft.

  1. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice-RB, LSU

One thing Matthew Stafford has never had with Detroit is a consistent running game. They added Blount in the off-season but he is not the long term answer. Guice will be.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Taven Bryan-DL, Florida

The Bengals can go offensive line her because they do need help in that area, instead the decide to go defensive line with Payne.

  1. Buffalo Bills: Courtland Sutton-WR, SMU

The Bills are going to pair Josh Allen with, in my opinion, the best wide receiver in the draft. Hopefully these two can build a strong rapport early on.

23.New England Patriots: Mike Mcglinchey-OT, Notre Dame

The Patriots lost Nate Solder in free agency and replace him with Mcglinchey from Notre Dame. Can potentially turn out to be a steal this late in the first round.

  1. Carolina Panthers:Josh Jackson-CB, Iowa

Ever since Josh Norman left the Panthers their cornerback play has been one of the worst in the league. They will hope this pick addresses that need.

  1. Tennessee Titans: Leighton Vander Esch-LB, Boise St.

The Titans will look to replace veteran linebacker Avery Williamson. It will be difficult to match his production but Vander Esch may be good enough to do so and better.

  1. Atlanta Falcons: Will Hernandez-G, Texas-El Paso

Sitting at 26 in the draft the Falcons go with the best player left on the board. Hernandez is a mauler and will compete to start right away.

  1. New Orleans Saints: Hayden Hurst-TE, South Carolina

Coby Fleener has not turned into the player most expected him to when he went to New Orleans. They will look to add another great tight end with Drew Brees to hopefully get them over the hump.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers:Justin Reid-S, Stanford

No he is not Troy polamalu but he is an upgrade over what the steelers currently have. If this defense can catch up to this offense than watch out.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rashaan Evans-LB, Alabama

The Jaguars had the best defense in the NFL last year so what do they do? Add to it. Evans will be a great fit and should be able to earn playing time right away.

  1. Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Wynn-OL, Georgia

Love this pick for the Vikings. If Cook can come back to 100% than the sky’s the limit for this team.

31.New England Patriots: Carlton Davis-CB, Auburn

If only a CB was able to make a play in the Super Bowl last year for the Patriots we may be looking at a different Super Bowl Champion. Adding Davis should boost their secondary.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Ronald Jones-RB, USC

In somewhat of a surprising move the Eagles add RB Ronald Jones. He is a talented runner and can be utilized in the passing game as well. He will fit right into their rotation.

Report: New York Giants Looking To Trade No. 2 Overall Pick – But Why?

The New York Giants are only about four hours away from making a decision that will change the course of the franchise for years to come, and the choice lands in the lap of new general manager, Dave Gettleman.

According to Dianna Russini, a source within the Giants’ organization is under the impression that they are looking to shop the pick to increase the value they take away from the draft. While this method could be very beneficial, Big Blue might be forced to trade out of blue chip player territory, which ultimately could be costly.

“Spoke to a Giants source. He said the feeling in this building today is the Giants are looking to trade down. When I asked why? He said “we have a ton of needs.”

Some prime suspects in a potential trade down would be the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. If the Cleveland Browns take a quarterback with the first-overall pick, which they are expected to do, it might force the hand of a QB needy team. This would put the Giants in great position to exploit the want of a team in need of a franchise signal caller.

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The best option for the Giants would be to trade back with the Broncos, who would deliver them the No. 5 overall pick, keeping them in blue chip player territory. Options at No. 5 would potentially be Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson, and others. It’s possible a top quarterback prospect falls right into the lap of New York, which would give them unparalleled value.

The Giants would likely add several early round picks from a trade-back, and according to Russini’s source, there are several holes to fill on both sides of the ball. This would give them the ability to draft an edge rusher, running back, linebacker, and offensive lineman. A profound influx of youth and talent with minimal precautions on the salary cap.

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Working theory:

It’s possible the Giants decided to cut WR Brandon Marshall to open up more cap space for their draft picks. Big Blue only has six picks in the draft, which won’t require too much cap-space to cover. After cutting Marshall they would have more than enough if they decided to add additional picks through a trade-back.

Lawrence Taylor Praises Saquon Barkley Ahead Of NFL Draft

The New York Giants are one of many teams interested in selecting Penn State Saquon Barkley in the NFL draft today. Along with a good chunk of the fan-base wanting the stud back, Giants legend Lawrence Taylor also praises the young athlete, and thinks he is a potential Hall of Fame player.

Taylor stated that Barkley could “absolutely” join him and others in the HOF, wearing gold jackets for the rest of their lives.

“Yes, absolutely [he could be a Hall of Famer],” Taylor told the New York Post. “I’ve seen some of highlights and stuff, he’s got some great speed, got great leg strength. And it looks like he makes good running decisions when he makes ’em.

“Out of that draft there’s gonna be several Gold Jacket Guys, the problem is trying to figure which ones they are.”

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Does Saquon Barkley fit the bill for the Giants?

Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman stated earlier this off-season that he would be looking to take the player that has the highest chances of wearing a gold jacket at the end of his career. It could be Barkley, or it could be a quarterback. One things for sure — he’s already received acceptance from the best defensive player in the history of the NFL.

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The Giants hold the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, and depending on what the Cleveland Browns do at No. 1, Gettleman will have his fair share of choices among the blue chip players in the draft. Players such as Barkley, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Bradley Chubb, have all been mocked to the Giants leading up to the draft.

Rumors are now circulating that the Browns might be looking to take Oklahoma standout Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick, which would surely shake up the draft right off the bat. The Giants would have the cream of the crop at QB, and Barkley sitting in their lap.

The question is: What will they do?

 

Should The New York Giants Take A Risk On Pass Rusher Arden Key?

The New York Giants will eventually need to fill the pass rushing production that they lost when Jason Pierre-Paul made the switch to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and this draft could provide a chance to do just that.

However, it doesn’t look likely that the team will trade back from the second pick and take a pass rusher. If they do take a quarterback or running back at number two, the second round is where they’ll have to look for a defensive lineman.

Arden Key is a first round talent, but could fall to the Giants pick near the beginning of the second round. His draft stock has been up and down, but Key is still considered one of the best pass rushers this year despite his drop in  performance last season.

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He only recorded four sacks, compared to 11 in 2016, but played three fewer games. Still, he has the skill-set that a lot of NFL teams want. He fits the average size for the edge rusher position and has the versatility to play as a defensive end or outside linebacker.

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His inside rip move has been praised too, but he also has the speed and flexibility to beat tackles to the outside before adjusting to get to the backfield. His 2016 season had a lot of analysts talking about him as an upper first round pick, but after last year, there’s more question marks. Key’s off the field problems are a bigger deal than his statistical slowdown, and we don’t have the details on what those problems are, exactly.

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Key had to take a leave of absence from LSU and hasn’t commented publicly on the reason why. He’s told teams privately, but since the information isn’t public knowledge, it’s hard to predict if his problems from college will follow him into the NFL or not. There’s varying reports and some believe that NFL scouts have accepted his reasons, while Key has also been compared to Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who struggled with drug tests after Dallas took a risk on him.

Should the Giants draft Key with the first pick of the second round, if he falls that far? On one hand, Key would be a major steal if he pans out the way draft analysts thought he would in 2016. The Giants are trying to replace Jason Pierre-Paul and good pass rushers usually come at a premium price in today’s NFL.

However, it’s not so certain that Key will reach his potential.

Unless the Giants have the full details of his off the field problems, and are confident that they can be worked around, Key is a dangerous pick that could follow the same path as Randy Gregory and end up not seeing the field very much. The details aren’t out there, so we the fans will just have to wait and see how the player pans out, but there’s safer options for the Giants to take at the edge rusher position in this year’s draft, with potentially the same amount of future production.