Why Saquon Barkley and the Giants are a Match Made in Heaven
The NFL draft is coming soon in the next month and tensions are high as teams are starting to make the decisions that can impact the organization as a whole for years, possibly decades. Although there are many great prospects that are in this year’s draft class, none is as exciting and as skilled as Saquon Barkley. The star outshined everybody at the combine, posting a faster 40 yard dash than Odell Beckham Jr, a higher vertical than Julio Jones, more bench press reps than Joe Thomas, and a faster 10 yard split than DeSean Jackson. All of those players became superstars at the next level, and if the trend continues, Saquon Barkley may be the best running back in NFL history. The kid is the complete package. He can catch like a receiver, run like both a powerback and a speedback, and look at the field with the same vision that a quarterback has. I don’t think anybody has been so “high up” on a running back ever. This kid is special, and because of that he needs to go to the New York Giants with the 2nd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Saquon put up monster numbers at Penn State with a mediocre line at best. With 3,843 total career yards and 43 touchdowns in rushing alone, he became the nation’s top running back, and it wasn’t even debatable. The Giants are working on rebuilding a struggling offensive line. Whether they plan to target new players through the draft or free agency, it’s evident that work has begun on turning around this disappointing part of our offense. But Saquon can thrive while the line is the way that it is. He has top-tier speed and agility and makes defenders miss as if he’s playing Madden on rookie.
Also, with Eli Manning beginning to reach the end of his career, in order for him to perform well, he needs as little attention as possible. He has some of the best supporting cast a quarterback could ask for in Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram. All of these guys are and could be future all-stars. Now add one more weapon in Saquon Barkley to the mix, and teams will have to do what he said in an interview in late March. “Being able to demand that attention I brought from the backfield; it's kind of hard (for defenses). What are you going to do? It's pick your poison..."You don't want to load the box because the wide receiving corps is so dangerous, and if I went up there and had success, you'd have to factor in the run game. It's kind of a two-man game if I'd be able to have success."
In the end, whichever team picks him up, will enjoy the fruits of massive success. Whether it be the Browns, Jets, or Giants. But if he’s gonna have the most success in his career with a team that can help him grow into the player with the hall of potential he has, then it’s most obviously the New York Giants. If he lands in the Big Apple… then it’s game over NFL.