He is already considered a "gold jacket" player in the eyes of the man who drafted him, and if that wasn't enough, Giants GM Dave Gettleman said Saquon Barkley is so good he's been "touched by the hand of God."
That's a lot of hype, which is why so many expect him to put on a dazzling display - even on Day 1.
Maybe it's a little much to expect greatness from Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, on the first day of rookie mini-camp, which officially opens on Friday at the Meadowlands. But the Giants haven't exactly shielded him from expectations. And there is no doubt that the spotlight will be on him.
Still, that's not the only interesting thing about the Giants' camp this weekend. Here are five things everyone should be watching when rookie camp begins:
Yeah, there's no avoiding it. He's the prize of the draft and the reason the Giants passed on a franchise quarterback. His presence is also a big reason why the Giants think they can make one last championship run under Eli Manning. The theory is they now have more passing game weapons than they've had in years, and a running game that's potentially as good as they had during their Super Bowl years.
Now, this weekend he won't be in pads and no one can tackle him. But hopefully some of Barkley's ability should be evident, especially against a field filled with tryout players. Considering the Gettleman hype, it should be clear that he's the best player on the field.
What's to like about QB Kyle Lauletta?
Pat Shurmur seems to love the quarterback from Richmond that he took in the fourth round. He sees the potential in him to be the "young, generational quarterback" he once said he has an "urge" to develop. A lot of scouts liked Lauletta, actually. There is a belief that he has all the tools (though some say he lacks the arm strength). The only real knock against him is that he played at Richmond.
That's an obstacle that can be overcome, especially if Lauletta is as good as everyone thinks. Some quarterbacks can be overwhelmed in their first camp (see: Manning, Eli). As they're learning new plays and thinking them through, their throws might not be as crisp.
It's worth watching everything from Lauletta's tools to his ability to handle the mental load in his first taste of the NFL. It won't give much of a clue as to whether he can be the Giants' Quarterback of the Future, but it might be a sign of how fast he can be real competition for Davis Webb.
Is Will Hernandez the second coming of Chris Snee?
The Giants are understandably thrilled to have landed the 6-foot-2, 327-pound guard from UTEP in the second round, considering he had a first-round grade. They really do view him in the same way they viewed Chris Snee back in 2004 - a potential anchor of their offensive line for a decade.
The real test of an offensive lineman will come when the pads go on for the first time this summer, but he'll still get plenty of chances to block in rookie drills. That should reveal at least some of his ability, especially in pass blocking. Presumably the array of tryout players he's facing won't get past him often.
How will they use Lorenzo Carter?
This edge rusher from Georgia has the speed to do a lot of things in the Giants' defense. The presumption is he'll be used as a pass rusher, but he certainly has the speed to be a sideline-to-sideline force in the run defense the way Antonio Pierce used to be.
It's too early for anyone to make any deal out of his role, but it could be telling what they ask him to do initially - whether it's playing back in space, or at the line of scrimmage with his hand on the ground. Against a tryout offensive line, he also could - and should - be in the faces of the rookie camp quarterbacks a lot.
The young Hog Mollies
If there's one thing Gettleman loves - and is particularly good at - it's finding young offensive linemen that others overlooked who can develop into useful players. And he's got a couple of undrafted free agents expected to sign this weekend who just might fit that bill.
One is Nick Gates, a 6-foot-5, 307-pounder who was a three-year starter at left tackle at Nebraska. Some think he could push his way into the crowded competition for the right tackle job, especially if the Giants decide they've had enough of Ereck Flowers. And another is Evan Brown, a 6-foot-3, 307-pound center from SMU. The Giants are committed to Brett Jones at that spot, but only through the end of this season.
If Gettleman really is intent on quickly developing the untapped potential of young offensive linemen, those two seem like his best bet.