Giants GM Dave Gettleman told the media that he heard "one very reasonable offer" for his No. 2 overall pick last Thursday, but the rest were nothing to truly consider.
And then there was one that never came to be.
Baker Mayfield's agent, Jack Mills, told Andrew Brandt's podcast that the Patriots would have tried to trade for the Giants pick at No. 2 to land the Oklahoma product. Obviously, this trade could have never come to fruition when the Browns took Mayfield with the first overall pick.
"We had another team which is going to surprise you. Another team had said, 'You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he's available.' And it was the Patriots," Mills said. "They had 23 and they had 31 and they had two seconds. We thought, 'That's gonna be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.' And of course he wasn't available so we never knew if that was reality or not."
Whether or not Gettleman would have been intrigued by the haul he would have likely gotten from the Patriots will never be known. But Gettleman fell in love with Barkley during the Draft process, which is why he didn't pay any mind to trade offers in the first place.
"We're talking gold jacket potential, and Saquon has those things," Gettleman said. "When I see him today, I'm going to give him a big hug and I'm going to look at him and say, 'Be Saquon. Don't be anyone else.' "
The Patriots decided to keep their picks without going after a quarterbacks, as they took Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn and RB Sony Michel at No. 23 and No. 31 respectively.
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The only surprise that came on Draft Day was that Mayfield went No. 1 in the first place. If that didn't happen, there was no shot this trade scenario would have went down.
Look, Gettleman was clearly head over heels for Barkley leading up to their pick, and he admitted every trade offer that came across his desk (with the exception of one) was hogwash. Barkley was always the guy, and that was the only thought on his mind.
On the other side of this ludicrous deal, there was no way Kraft & Co. would have hauled all of their first and second-round picks to move their way up to No. 2. I don't even think they would have thrown in their second rounders. It wouldn't be the Patriot Way to clear their top picks just to draft a quarterback to sit behind Brady, who wants to play until he can no longer throw a ball.
Now, would it have been smart for Gettleman to listen to New England if they were going to include all of those picks? It would be bad business not to considering the Giants would have seven picks in the first three rounds (two first, three second, two third).
But I'll just leave it at this: Like the Tootsie Pop slogan goes, when thinking about if Gettleman would have agreed to the Patriots' deal if it was on the table, "the world may never know."