Saquon Barkley to the New York Giants? ESPN analysts says ‘it feels inevitable’
Penn State’s Saquon Barkley at the 2018 NFL Combine
Gallery: Penn State’s Saquon Barkley at the 2018 NFL Combine
Sports Illustrated announced on Wednesday that former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley will grace one of the covers of its NFL Draft preview magazines.
If one ESPN analyst is right, his face could be popping up in many other places very soon.
Todd McShay, who has been covering the draft for over a decade, has had the 2017 unanimous All-American at the top of his prospect rankings for months now, and while he does not see him going off the board first, the analyst also does not believe Barkley will have to wait long to hear his name called.
The pick, in McShay’s mind? Barkley to the Giants at No. 2 overall, which would offer not only a good on-field fit for the back but also a plethora of marketing and media opportunities.
“It feels inevitable that Saquon Barkley is going to be a New York Giant,” McShay said.
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Some have projected the Giants to take a quarterback with Eli Manning facing the twilight of his career while others have focused in on the fact that new general manager David Gettleman has a history of picking defensive ends early, which could equal New York picking Georgia’s Bradley Chubb.
McShay doesn’t see either of those situations playing out, however.
“I’ve heard very strongly that there are important people in the [Giants] building who believe in Saquon Barkley and being a physical, run-first team,” he said.
“Barkley can be the face of the team for the next 10 years … he’s going to be a face of a franchise. Great, genuine young man who loves the game and is going to give you everything he’s got every week.”
The NFL Draft will kick off in Arlington, Tex., at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium at 8 p.m. ET on April 26.
Here’s a look at the Barkley SI cover:
Saquon Barkley believes he should be the first pick in the draft and that he has the potential to be the next Face of the League– and he doesn’t give a damn about your running back bias. This week’s @SInow cover story: https://t.co/Wxt2XS77qR pic.twitter.com/eX6ZHcZp7R
— Ben Baskin (@Ben_Baskin) April 18, 2018