New York Giants Draft Saquon Barkley With Number Two Pick

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Barkley, who entered the draft after his junior season, has all the ingredients to become a great. "I want this to be about where I'm going next", Barkley said. He's one of those guys that my mother could have scouted. The 230-pound back rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns during his three-year collegiate career with an additional 102 catches for 1,195 years and eight touchdowns.

Barkley, 21, is a combination of size, speed, athleticism and character rarely seen at running back. They recently moved on from their leading rusher last season, Orleans Darkwa (751 yards), who is a free agent, while bolstering their offensive line with the signings of tackle Nate Solder and guard Patrick Omameh. After finishing as one of the biggest disappointments from the 2017 season by winning just three games, the Giants ended up with the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, and as a result, the team was able to land the top prospect at running back in Saquon Barkley.

Thursday's broadcast of the first round of the draft will air on the NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Less than an hour before the Giants were slated to go on the clock, Beckham posted a photo on his Instagram account from the moment he was chosen in 2014. So with the opportunity to bring a dynamic playmaker on board that will make an immediate impact as a rookie, it's easy to understand why the Giants felt that Barkley was too good to pass on at No. 2. The last time came in 1981, when they took UCLA running back Freeman McNeil.

This year's draft also boasts an impressive crop of quarterbacks, including USC's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Louisville's Lamar Jackson. It cost NY the No. 6 pick, two second-round selections this year and a second-rounder next year - a steep price to pay, but one general manager Mike Maccagnan was comfortable with.

And he tagged Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Even if the price is steep, adding a player like Barkley to the Eagles is something they should not miss out on.

It seems certain the Browns at the top, the Jets at No. 3 and the Broncos at No. 5 will go the quarterback route.

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