The New York Giants hold the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, but the big question is what will they do with it? The answers are only one week away, and it all lies behind the smokescreen that new GM Dave Gettleman has cast into the air.
But, there’s one thing that we can be sure of, Gettleman will ‘not’ shy away from taking a running back just because he’s in the top five prospects in the draft. If the Giants believe that second-year quarterback Davis Webb is their man, Penn State running back Saquon Barley could be a Giant within the first hour of the draft.
The primary question fans ask is: Why would a team spend a top two pick on a running back, and is Gettleman smart enough to realize that there’s more value in a quarterback?
Well, Gettleman’s strength is seeing value, which in his words, certainly doesn’t rule out takingÂ a RB at the No. 2 spot.
“The bottom line is: Is this guy a football player?” Gettleman said at the NFL combine a few months ago. “This whole myth of devaluing running backs, I find it kind of comical. At the end of the day, if he’s a great player, he’s a great player.It doesn’t matter what position he is.”
This quote attests to his comments that he will be selecting the player most capable of wearing a gold jacket at the end of his career.[sc name=”StubHub”]
A 234-pound linebacker framed running back with 4.4 speed and a superior skill-set over Ezekiel Elliot, fits the bill. Taking Barkley might be the safest bet to grab an uber talented player with generation potential. Gettleman previously drafted Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NFL draft, which has seemingly worked out well for the Panthers.
The stud Texas A&M running back provided Cam Newton with a legitimate running back that can also flank out as a wide receiver, and provided the team with kick returning ability. Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur would ultimately have a field day with Barkely at his disposal, but is it better to be safe than sorry?
Passing on a quarterback could be potentially catastrophic for the Giants, who are in need of Eli Manning’s potential heir. The question of Davis Webb remains, and he could ultimately be the deciding factor when the Giants are on the clock.