NFL Draft 2018: Saquon Barkley a home run pick by Giants

  • NFL Draft 2018: Saquon Barkley a home run pick by Giants

NFL Draft 2018: Saquon Barkley a home run pick by Giants

And judging by the team and its best player's reaction on Twitter, they're very happy to have him.

Star wide receiver Odell Beckham confident that the newest Giant will bring plenty of jersey sales to the Big Apple.

The note reads, "Saquon Barkley No Matter What", which is a play on the fake scene in the movie where Kevin Costner unfolds a note that reads "Vontae Mack No Matter What".

At Penn State as a college junior last season he totaled 21 touchdowns, 1,271 rushing yards on 217 carries and 54 catches for 632 yards.

Saquon Barkley's life is about to change on April 26. Gettleman worked the phones on potential trades back but opted to stay at two and take a player at a major position of need.

Gettleman told the Giants' website he instructed his lieutenants to not field calls after the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall. "I think it's a crock", Gettleman said of the notion that running backs have been devalued.

The Giants selected Penn State's Saquon Barkley with the second pick overall, a player many football experts consider the best running back to enter the NFL since Adrian Peterson came out of Oklahoma in 2007. Although the 37-year-old quarterback Manning is near the end of his career, there are no assurances his long-term replacement can be secured in this draft. 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.

Say the Giants take Darnold.

It was the experience Barkley waited for since he was a child, one met with thunderous applause. The pounding backs endure makes them past their prime by age 28. They haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012.

Once known as a franchise whose offense was built on a successful, methodical run game, the Giants run game has been ranked in the lower half of the league in each of the last five years, including a 26th-place finish last year. And they're all gone. Even if the price is steep, adding a player like Barkley to the Eagles is something they should not miss out on. "Hey, [Giants running back] Jonathan Stewart is in his 10th year and he's hardly lost it".

When does training camp start?