The New York Giants could go any direction they choose in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, but running back Saquon Barkley is one of the more enticing options.
Barkley spoke to reporters via Penn State Live in regard to being selected by the Giants:
“I think Eli Manning definitely has a lot in the tank left, he’s still an extraordinary player. You have Odell Beckham, one of the most exciting players in the NFL for three or four years. Then you talk about Sterling Shepard and the tight ends. If I’m able to have the success that I had in college, being able to demand that attention that I brought from the backfield, it’s kind of hard (for opposing defenses). What are you going to do? You don’t want to load the box because the wide receiver corps is so dangerous. If I’m able to have success, you have to factor in the run game too.”
Just the thought of Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley lining up on offense is intimidating. For the record, Manning has won two Super Bowls with far less talent on offense. Three if not four premier level talents would give Manning all the tools he needs to achieve success once again.
If GM Dave Gettleman were to select Barkley with the No. 2 pick, he would solidify the claim that the Giants are playing to win now, and not in two or three years when Manning is gone and their young quarterback is prepped.
The Giants have maintained a rather below-average running back tandem for the past few years. The last time they had a truly exciting running game was when they had the likes of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
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While the Giants still acquire blocking specialist Rhett Ellison and have upgraded the left tackle position with Nate Solder, an improved running game is to be expected. With four above-average skill players on offense, the opposing defense would have no choice but to play conservative. By stacking the box to stop Barkley they would enable Odell Beckham Jr. to have one-on-one coverage, and Engram could exploit the seam. It’s an unstoppable formula.
From an overview perspective, Barkley has the highest probability to where a gold-jacket in the future, and Gettleman may be too tempted by his abilities to pass up on him.