Giants GM Dave Gettleman said after drafting Penn State RB Saquon Barkley that he was the best player in the draft and that he was one of the best players he's seen in the last 30 years.
He also said the only reason the Giants pick of Barkley wasn't in after two seconds was because the NFL said he had to wait until the five-minute mark.
"When we were in here before, we were talking about quarterbacks and if they make everyone better," Gettleman said. "If you think about it, this kid makes our quarterback better, he makes our receivers better, he makes our O-line better. He makes our defense better because he has the much stronger ability to hold the ball. He is a great kid and he will be great for our culture. He was the unanimous best player in our draft.
And the idea that taking a running back this high is risky because running backs are injury-prone? Gettleman isn't buying it.
"You know what I say about that. It is a crock. At the end of the day, a great player is a great player. He is a touchdown maker. He is a threat to take it to the house every time he gets his hands on the ball. I think a lot of that stuff is nonsense. I think it is someone who had decided to get into the analytics of it and went through whatever. Jonathan Stewart is in his tenth year and he has not lost anything. I don't believe in that. I don't care who you take, they can all get hurt. Nobody's immune."
"You got to go with your instincts and understanding what it takes to put together a winning football team," he added.
Gettleman, who gushed about Barkley while being cagey before the Draft about who the Giants would select, opened up on Thursday night, saying that Barkley is so talented that "he was touched by the hand of God, frankly."
"He's a wonderful kid, and he's gonna have a load on him," Gettleman said. "The advice I'm gonna give Saquon when I see him? I'm gonna tell him, 'be Saquon.' That is it. That's all that I want you to be. I don't want you to be everything to everybody. Just understand that you take care of your football, the world will be at your feet."
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said Barkley's mix of quickness, speed, pass-catching ability, and that "the running guy is an easy guy to fit in to the offense."
"You have to run the football -- not just for your offense," Shurmur said. "You have to run it for your team. I've seen the effect that a great running back can have on teams."