Penn State's Saquon Barkley picked No. 2 overall by the Giants

Penn State's Saquon Barkley picked No. 2 overall by the Giants

Penn State's Saquon Barkley picked No. 2 overall by the Giants

With the second overall pick in the draft, the New York Giants selected Barkley to be its newest franchise running back, so he'll need a pair of these in "Big Blue" soon.

However, as insane as it may seem, it is fun to think about and look at how it could work.

Many draft pundits projected several months ago that Darnold would be the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, and still tabbed him as the best overall quarterback of this year's class.

Gettleman said after the pick was in that Saquon was the guy all along.

Originally, there was some speculation that the former Penn State star would end up going as the top overall pick to the Cleveland Browns, but the team made a decision to address their need at quarterback instead by selecting Baker Mayfield. Perhaps he's already on the roster in last year's No. 3 pick, Davis Webb. They could decide that Nick Foles is who they would want instead, and to be honest, I would not disagree if the top two quarterbacks are gone. "That's out of my hand, I don't know what's going to happen there, but if that happens that's another issue (for defenses)".

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Barkley's receiving and returning abilities make him even more versatile.

Gettleman has not been shy about the fact that he believes Barkley is a "tremendous" talent, and Gettleman's track record proves that he is not averse to picking a running back with a top pick.

"If you remember, there was some concern about Adrian's shoulder and he was not picked until No. 7 (in 2007)", says Brandt, now a draft consultant for the league and analyst for SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Yet Barkley possesses the physical and cerebral gifts to be a transcendent player and future Hall-of-Famer.

The thought of adding Barkley to Doug Pederson's offense is football porn for me. He will get criticized also for selecting a low-value position at such a highly-paid draft slot (running backs are more replaceable than other positions; Barkley's rookie contract, though, is expected to pay him a total of just under $32 million guaranteed for four years). But if the first two picks are quarterbacks tonight, do not act like you will not be thinking, "What if?" "He makes our wide receivers better".

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