The Giants shouldn’t have drafted Saquon Barkley
New York Giants’ running back Saquon Barkley is heading into a crucial year as he comes off of a torn ACL. He has to prove that he can stay healthy and get back to being one of the top backs in the league.
Chris Roling of Bleacher Report posted an article this week naming every NFL team’s worst mistake over the past five years. For the Giants, he chose them drafting Barkley.
The New York Giants used the second overall pick on the position in 2018 with Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. He’s started as advertised, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors with 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns on 5.0 yards per carry. He also caught 91 passes for 721 yards and scored four times.
The Giants won five games that year.
Barkley regressed a bit in 2019 while missing three games, going for 1,003 yards and six scores on a 4.6 average, plus 52 catches. The Giants went 4-12. They then went 6-10 while Barkley missed the majority of 2020 with a knee injury.
Point being, Barkley is fun to watch and great at what he does; it just doesn’t move the needle all that much and the great injury risk to the position became a factor quickly. The team needed a different sort of impact for the rebuild with such a prized asset, whether it was a different prospect or trading it for multiple picks.
Now, instead of contending, the Giants will stare a costly long-term extension for Barkley right in the face soon.
I love the talent that is Barkley as well as his leadership on and off the field, but the fact that running backs don’t last long in the NFL I agree that selecting him so high in the draft was a mistake by the Giants. It’s a lot easier to find stud running back later in the draft.
My feeling is that the Giants will end up letting up Barkley walk as a free agent because of the money that he will command when his rookie deal is up and the fact that they should be able to find a replacement for him without a problem.
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