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New York Giants draft Barkley second overall

27 April 2018, 10:02 | Darrell Baldwin

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Beckham FaceTimed with Barkley not long after the pick, and Manning sent him a congratulatory text. However, Barkley doesn't want that to be known as a feel-good story, he told Sports Illustrated, who provided his background in an in-depth piece in April 2018. "When I got to visit their program, I fell in love".

The Giants may have been one of the biggest disappointments from a year ago, but all signs point to this team turning things around in 2018, and the odds of it happening just hit a whole new level with the addition of Barkley. "He's a tremendous talent", Gettleman said.

And no one can be happier than Barkley's arrival than Manning, who has gone from a Week 13 benching in favor of Geno Smith to watching the organization do an about-face and forego drafting his heir in order to add Barkley to what is now Manning's best-ever group of position players at his disposal. I have already talked about how it would be a mistake if the Eagles took a running back in the first round, but that was not with the idea of Barkley being the running back they select.

"It's truly awesome. I was telling people it's like it's from a movie or book", Barkley told ESPN. His daughter, Jada Clare, was born Tuesday. It's an honor, and. Many believed that the only quarterback Gettleman truly liked was USC's Sam Darnold - who the Jets selected at No. 3.

Right now there are seemingly two challenges that will present themselves during Barkley's rookie season that might take some getting used to.

Some fans will argue the Giants should have targeted a quarterback with the second overall pick. Gettleman said he could've turned in the card for Barkley with 9:58 remaining on the clock.

The Giants released a link to pre-order your Saquon Barkley merchandise with the number one (which will serve as a placeholder for now) on the back just minutes after NY made him their first top-five draft choice since 2004.

"If you have a great running back, he immediately makes your quarterback better, your offensive line better and your passing game (better)", he said.

Barkley's receiving and returning abilities make him even more versatile. He's a great kid.

Barkley's Nike Air VaporMax PE matches his draft suit, along with several personal details. The 6-foot, 233-pound running back ran a 4.4 40-yard dash, recorded a 41-inch vertical leap and had 29 bench reps. The last time came in 1981, when they took UCLA running back Freeman McNeil. A simple dump off can turn into a touchdown quicker than you can say his name. Some scouts and National Football League executives have described him as a "perfect" prospect - a great player and person, too. "He is a touchdown maker". He's a threat to take it to the house every time he gets his hand on the ball. Bradley Chubb would make a lot of sense, too.

"I'm not going to lie. Hey, [Giants running back] Jonathan Stewart is in his 10th year and he's hardly lost it".



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