Saquon Barkley To Wear No. 26 For New York Giants

New York Giants 2018 Draft Making the case for RB Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley proved today his tremendous balance is not confined to the football field.

NY football has two fresh faces as the Jets and Giants both had top three selections in the NFL draft in the first round on Thursday night.

So just to recap, both quarterbacks landed with rival teams.

Charles Barkley never wanted to be a role model, but Giants co-owner Steve Tisch firmly believes that rookie running back Saquon Barkley will be worthy of that mantle. He was that intent on taking Saquon Barkley at No. 2.

He could have traded out of the spot and acquired picks, settling for a running back of lesser ability - there was a run on tailbacks in the second round. Saturday afternoon, the New York Giants selected Richmond Spiders' quarterback Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round of this year's NFL Draft, 108th overall.

The Giants went 3-13 last season.

"It's such a long season", Barkley said. That's just insane - you have a guy who certainly looks like he's going to in the top five, boom, he's 10, you move up, you grab him, you have your quarterback of the future. "I've been thinking about it since then". But I think I have what it takes.

Barkley brings impressive collegiate credentials to the Giants. In 2017, at Penn State, he rushed for 1,134 yards and caught 47 passes for another 594 yards. He averaged 101.1 yards per game on the ground. Presumably, they will be in the market for a running back and/or wide receiver with Frank Gore and Donte Moncrief heading to the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively. He scored 51 touchdowns in the first decade of his career with the Carolina Panthers, and he rushed for at least five touchdowns in five of those games.

Barkley will be joining a team that finished 26th in rushing offense last season. But that obscures his other virtues.

Gettleman expects Barkley to meet the challenge.

"I've been to a Broadway show", he said. Same thing with Mike Glennon, we've seen what he can do and it's not much. "I've got him 100 percent". They got the player, he's going to be freaking good. He's already been touted as not just as the potential face of the NFL's flagship franchise, but the entire league. It's very impressive. I keep reminding himself, that this is a 21-year-old.

"That's a challenge that I'm definitely looking forward to", Barkley said. The way I view that is, just be who you are. The more success you have, the more attention and the more spotlight comes to your name, and they kind of tag you with that. I'm willing to do anything for my teammates.

I asked Gettleman if that meant that, by saying they all had their own virtues but one didn't stand out above the rest, he wasn't completely sold on any of them, he said that wasn't necessarily the case. I don't know if he's got enough arm, truly. "And to continue to get ready every single day and to get better every single day".

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