Former NFL exec and current ESPN analyst Louis Riddick would be taking Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at No. 2 if he was in Dave Gettleman's shoes.
Riddick, who interviewed for the Giants' GM vacancy last year, says Barkley is "a special kid" that he wouldn't pass on.
"I think Saquon Barkley is just a special kid," he told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "I think he will help Eli because he will give him someone who he can turn around and hand the ball to 25-28 times a game."
It isn't just his running abilities that make him arguably the top prospect in this year's draft. To Riddick, it is his all-around play that deems him the a can't-miss player.
"His versatility as far as being able to catch the ball out of the backfield, his willingness to pass protect, his ability to help the offense overall as far as ball control which will make the defense better, I think he presents something that can really help this football team not just offensively but defensively as well because of how complementary team football comes into play," Riddick said.
Riddick's mindset on Barkley seems to be what the Giants believe, as reports have surfaced of the team's love for his skill set. Though the Giants could be bluffing other teams, Riddick doesn't see this as the case.
"I have a feeling there is a strong, strong sentiment within that building for Saquon Barkley based upon my experience there, if you know what I mean," he said.
If Barkley isn't the man the Giants are looking for, Riddick believes the next-best option for the team would be N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb, who he sees working perfectly in defensive coordinator James Bettcher's 3-4 scheme.
"There is another guy who I think projects very, very well into the kind of scheme that James Bettcher will run there," Riddick said. "That's obviously Bradley Chubb, who can play in a two-point (stance), play in a three-point (stance).
"He is just like Chandler Jones down in Arizona. They can play a 4-3 and stand a guy up and make it look like a 3-4. That's the kind of guy Bradley Chubb is. He's multiple like that."
In either case, Riddick holds true his thoughts on veteran QB Eli Manning that he should be the man under center next season. The Giants have said that is the case as well, which is why they may stray away from one of the top quarterbacks next Thursday.
Riddick would understand, though, if they decided to take a quarterback.
"You may not ever be in this position again," he said. "You don't want to be in this position again. I can understand where that is a strong consideration for them. Personally, I wouldn't go there."