Former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs certainly knows the impact a good running back can make for an offense, which is why he loved the Saquon Barkley pick at No. 2.
Jacobs, who the Giants drafted with their fourth-round pick back in 2005, sees Barkley as the total package out of the backfield. And even more, he thinks the rookie can be a great leader in his first season.
"I think mentally and emotionally he's gonna be worth every bit of that No. 2-overall draft choice," Jacobs told The Post's Hannah Withiam. "I think everyone else is just looking at what he can do as far as producing, but I'm looking at the total guy. I'm looking at him going in there and being a leader at a young age and taking the team over.
"If I ever get the chance to speak with him, that's definitely gonna be something that I'm gonna tell him he has to do: Get in there, be a vocal leader of the team as a rookie. Who cares that you're the youngest guy in there? It doesn't matter. Take the team over, put the team on your back and go from there."
Having Barkley as a vocal leader would be a plus, but the Giants are probably only focused on his production at the moment. The Giants haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Jacobs' partner-in-crime Ahmad Bradshaw back in 2012.
Barkley rushed for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns in 13 games for Penn State in 2017. He also had 54 receptions and totaled 632 yards receiving to go along with three touchdowns.