New York Giants‘ GM Dave Gettleman is the man behind the smokescreen, and getting to the top of his list of priorities is about as difficult as finding a needle in a hay stack.
But, from what we have to work with, Gettleman is a big fan of Saquon Barkley. Predicting what the Giants will do with their No. 2 overall selection is nearly impossible, as rumors have Josh Rosen, Barkley, Nelson and others going to the Giants in the first-round.
Signing left tackle Nate Solder puts in the Giants in a good position to take an offensive weapon, whether it’s a young quarterback or Barkley. There’s one thing we can say for sure, Davis Webb is the wild card amid all the speculation.
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For now, we can break down what Gettleman is saying about the best prospects entering the draft.
Dave Gettleman was absolutely glowing today when talking about Saquon Barkley: "He's big, he's powerful, he can step on the gas, he's got different levels of speed, he catches the heck out of the ball and he gets the blitz pickup stuff. He's real."
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 27, 2018
There’s no doubt we can conclude that Barkley is the ‘real’ deal and has the capabilities to be an all-around back in the NFL.
The question here is: Does the need at running back outweigh the need at quarterback?
The answer: Davis Webb… But wait, that’s another question!
At the current moment, there are too many questions and not enough answers. The answers will be relieved on April 26… Draft day.
Head coach Pat Shurmur expressed the need for a running back that can run the ball, catch the ball, and pick up a block. Adding hogmollies to the line surely helps protect the quarterback, but can we rely on Jonathan Stewart and Wayne Gallman to hold down the fort for the entire 2017 season? Chances are they will be an average, if not below average.
Gettleman did state that they would host Barkley for a pre-draft visit to learn a bit more about him. If his 4.3 40-yard dash at 225-pounds wasn’t enough, this will give the Giants a second-chance to evaluate his personal skills and abilities off the field.
With the Giants at No. 2, they would either have to take Barkley or forever hold their peace. The Cleveland Browns are likely to select the star running back at No. 4 if they take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick.