In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay has the Giants straying away from a quarterback, and selecting Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick.
It was UCLA QB Josh Rosen that McShay stuck with in his first two mock drafts, but he points out how the Giants have many different avenues to work with as their No. 2 pick dictates. They could look to the future, immediate success, or even trade back for a team that has fallen in love with their next franchise quarterback. However, McShay settles with Barkley -- the immediate success option -- to give Eli Manning a run game to work wtih, and potentially vault the Giants into a win-now team.
"The Giants could go a lot of different directions here," McShay wrote. "If they are really looking to win now with Eli Manning at QB, then they should take the best player in the draft, Barkley. Give Manning a running game and a little more pass protection (via free agency or later in the draft) and Giants fans would argue they are a playoff team. Bradley Chubb and Quenton Nelson are in play here as well. And New York could also get a sweet offer to move back for a team looking to jump up and take a QB."
Barkely is arguably the best player coming out of the draft, and his Combine numbers proved it. He posted a 4.41 40-yard dash, 41-inch vertical, and 29 reps on bench press. He also showcased his speed, agility, and ability to catch the ball in the group drills.
The 21-year-old has generated NFL comparisons to Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, and some believe he is a better prospect than current players like Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley were out of college. And he addressed playing for the Giants at the Combine, saying he thinks he would be another deadly weapon in New York's offense.
"If I was fortunate enough to go to a team like that, and God blessed me with the success I had in college football and God blessed me with that success in the NFL, I think that would be a good fit," Barkley told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. "Any team in my mind would be a good fit. But if you look at that team, last year they were in a lot of games and they had a lot of injuries. But you've got guys like Odell (Beckham Jr.), that TE (Evan Engram), Sterling Shepard, a quarterback that's established and proven himself and has got two Super Bowl rings.
"If I was fortunate enough to go to a team like that and have the success I had in college football, I think that would be another good fit."
In his junior season, Barkley tallied 1,134 rushing yards (5.7 per carry), 594 yards on 47 receptions (12.6 per carry), and 19 total touchdowns. Overall, he ranked second in all-purpose yards this season with 2,154, and added two more touchdowns to his total in kickoff returns.
Barkley also broke the rushing touchdown record at Penn State with 43 in his career.