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Saquon Barkley | Running Back | #26

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/7/1997
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 230
College: Penn State
Drafted: 2018 / Rd. 1 (2) / NYG

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Giants selected Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Eli Manning is in the twilight of his career, but the Giants have gone with the player they believe is the best in the draft. Barkley (6’0/233) dominated all three years as a Nittany Lion, averaging 6.52 yards per touch with 54 career TDs; 43 as a rusher, eight as a receiver, two on kick returns, and one as a passer. On tape, Barkley marries LeSean McCoy’s lateral explosion with David Johnson’s size and versatility. Barkley showed rare passing-game chops for a college back, leading all NCAA running backs in receiving yards (632) and yards after catch (644) in 2017, and excelling as a pass blocker. Barkley broke the Combine, blazing 4.4-flat and posting superhuman 99th-percentile SPARQ results. Like Johnson, Barkley is a better perimeter player than tackle-grinding inside runner, but an ideal fit for today’s game. Apr 26 - 8:22 PM

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According to Sports Illustrated's Ben Baskin, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley's agents don't want him to be picked by the Browns.

Barkley is represented by Roc Nation, which is headquartered in New York City, and the firm prefers Barkley is picked No. 2 by the Giants, landing the star running back smack-dab in the media capital of the world. According to Baskin, Barkley's agents have gone as far to advise Barkley to refuse to play in Cleveland, but Barkley "never considered" those demands. He's said he's willing to play wherever, including Cleveland. The Browns are an extreme long shot to take Barkley No. 1, but if he slips past the Giants at No. 2, there's a chance Cleveland would snag him at No. 4.
Apr 18 - 11:27 AM

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said "it feels inevitable" that the Giants will use the No. 2 overall pick on Penn State RB Saquon Barkley.

Giants beat writers have been suggesting for weeks now that the team is leaning away from a quarterback at No. 2, and that would leave Barkley, EDGE Bradley Chubb, and OL Quenton Nelson as the cream of the crop among non-passers. "I've heard very strongly that there are important people in the building who believe in Barkley and being a physical, run-first team," McShay said Wednesday. "Barkley can be the face of the team for the next 10 years." The Giants seem to be all-in on going for it again with a clearly-in-decline 37-year-old Eli Manning.
Apr 18 - 10:48 AM

According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, it "does not appear likely" the Giants will draft a quarterback with the No. 2 pick.

Per Schwartz, the Giants have met with each of Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen but simply don't feel their body of work is "commensurate" with what they're looking for in a No. 2 pick. Schwartz adds that the Giants consider Penn State RB Saquon Barkley a "near-perfect prospect" and a better player than Ezekiel Elliott, who was drafted fourth overall in 2016. NC State DE Bradley Chubb is also "in the mix" at No. 2, though the Giants are reportedly out on Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson. The Giants aren't wrong in their assessment of Barkley but passing on a quarterback—particularly with an aging Eli Manning coming off one of his worst seasons—feels like a mistake. Trading out of the No. 2 spot wouldn't be a bad idea, though that's never been GM Dave Gettleman's MO.
Apr 15 - 11:23 AM

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley will visit the Giants on Sunday.

Barkley is one of many top prospects the Giants are bringing in this week, including all four top quarterbacks. The team currently has only Eli Manning and Davis Webb under center but have still been heavily linked to both Barkley and Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson as options at No. 2. Even if New York selects Barkley on Day 1, we expect them to add another quarterback before camp opens.
Apr 8 - 3:52 PM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports "the pendulum is swinging away from" the Giants selecting a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick.

The Giants seem committed to Eli Manning, and they have the roster for a quick turnaround if they can land an impact player at the top of the draft or, better yet, trade down and grab a couple. If the Giants stay put, Raanan mentions Penn State RB Saquon Barkley and Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson as options at No. 2. Either would fill a big need.
Source: ESPN
Mar 5 - 12:42 PM

MMQB's Peter King reports Penn State RB Saquon Barkley was given a perfect draft grade by one team.

King writes it is just the fifth perfect grade that team has given out in the last 20 years. Saints coach Sean Payton said, "He’s the best running back prospect I’ve seen in 25 years." With the tape to match a monster Combine, Barkley looks like a serious candidate for the No. 1 overall pick, and it would be an absolute shock if he slips out of the top-five.
Source: MMQB
Mar 5 - 8:54 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is "firmly in the mix at No. 1 for the Browns."

Barkley tore up the combine, producing a composite athletic score in the 98th percentile. In addition to being an elite athlete, he amassed over 5,000 yards from scrimmage at Penn State in three seasons. With the Browns holding picks one and four in the first round, their decision will be tough due to their plethora of needs. In addition to Barkley, the top of this draft class boasts multiple top-tier quarterbacks, a potential lockdown cornerback in Minkah Fitzpatrick and stud defensive lineman in Bradley Chubb.
Mar 4 - 3:26 PM

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley ran an official 4.40 forty Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Simply remarkable. Barkley was hoping to go sub-4.4 on his second attempt but essentially duplicated his first run with a 4.42. Regardless, those are monster times for a 233-pound back. The only running back to top Barkley in the forty was NC State's Nyheim Hines, who clocked a 4.38. Barkley has had an insane Combine, managing an absurd 29 reps on the bench press while also contributing a 41-inch vertical. The 21-year-old is a lock to be the first running back drafted and has a good chance to go in the top five.
Mar 2 - 2:06 PM

Speaking at the NFL Combine, Giants GM Dave Gettleman called the notion running backs have become devalued a "myth" that is "kind of comical."

"The bottom line is: Is the guy a football player?" Gettleman said. "This whole myth of devaluing running backs, I find it kind of comical. At the end of the day, if he's a great player, he's a great player. It doesn't matter what position he is." Gettleman walked the talk last year by drafting Christian McCaffrey at No. 8 overall as GM of the Panthers. Gettleman's comments suggest he will consider Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at the No. 2 pick.
Source: SNY Giants
Feb 28 - 7:44 PM

ESPN's Mike Wells believes Penn State RB Saquon Barkley will be in play for the Colts with the third overall pick.

With Frank Gore headed for free agency—he also turns 35 in May—the Colts will be seeking a workhorse in the upcoming draft. Barkley checks off all the boxes, though there's a remote possibility Cleveland would consider taking him first overall. The Browns are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback but could still draft one with the fourth overall pick. If Barkley is unavailable, Wells believes the Colts would likely pivot to NC State DE Bradley Chubb.
Jan 28 - 9:22 AM

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Barkley would not talk about his future following Penn State's Fiesta Bowl win, but there was never much doubt the do-it-all running back would skip his senior season. Barkley finishes his illustrious college career with over 5,000 yards from scrimmage and 51 offensive touchdowns as well as two kick return scores. A big back who is an asset in the passing game and has the wheels to take it to the house, Barkley is an elite prospect who should destroy the combine and come off the board early in the first round.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:26:00 PM