Saquon Barkley was considered as the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson by many coaches, GM's, and scouts including Sean Payton and Pete Carroll. I was lucky enough to see him live this past year in Penn State's bowl game, and man can he do it all! He is the definition of the complete package with his size, speed, strength, vision, elusiveness, versatility, ability to break and bounce off tackles, receiving ability, and blocking ability. .
Looking into this season, Saquon Barkley enters arguably the BEST situation he could have been drafted into. The Giants improved their offensive line this offseason in a big way, bringing in Nate Solder via free agency and Will Hernandez via the NFL draft. Yes there still are some concerns with the Giants O-line, but it will no doubt be much improved from last season. What most people fail to realize is that Saquon Barkley was running behind one of the worst offensive lines in the country at Penn State, yet he was still posting "Heisman-like" numbers. Talented and versatile RB's are able to overcome mediocre offensive lines, look at what David Johnson did just two seasons ago behind a bad Cardinals offensive line. If the Giants offensive line doesn't sell you, look at their weapons in the passing game. The combination and threat of Odell Beckham, Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepard should without a doubt open up the field for Barkley in both the run and pass game .
I have seen some hesitation regarding Saquon Barkley just because he "hasn't played a snap in the NFL" which makes absolutely no sense to me. We have seen so many rookies come into the league and make an immediate impact in just the last couple seasons with Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, Jordan Howard, Christian McCaffrey, etc. Saquon Barkley is regarded as a better prospect than ALL of them
My first set of early RB positional rankings will be released pretty soon so you'll see where he lands in my rankings at that time, but I'll say this now, Saquon Barkley is a clear first round pick for me right now.
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