Gettleman, 67, is a career scout, and he trusted his and his staff's evaluation of the prospects at the top of their board.
In three seasons at Penn State, Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns while catching more than 100 passes. "Saquon Barkley is a transformational back". Their leading rushers since have been Andre Brown (492 yards in 2013), Andre Williams (721 yards in 2014), Rashad Jennings (863 yards in 2015, 593 yards in 2016) and Orleans Darkwa (751 yards in 2017).
The Giants released a link to pre-order your Saquon Barkley merchandise with the number one (which will serve as a placeholder for now) on the back just minutes after NY made him their first top-five draft choice since 2004.
Some fans will argue the Giants should have targeted a quarterback with the second overall pick. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Barkley tied for first among running backs in the bench press (29 reps) and was second in the 40-yard dash (4.40 seconds).
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"Really! Dez Bryant coming to the New York Giants or showing an interest in the New York Giants", said Barkley. "At the end of the day, a great player is a great player". - Barkley, who originally committed to Rutgers university, crushed rushing records and stacked up elite highlights at PSU.
The Giants bypassed the perceived need for a franchise quarterback even though Manning is set to turn 38 before the end of this upcoming season and last year's third-round pick, Davis Webb, remains a virtual unknown.
Rather than remain in school for one more year, Darnold opted to make himself eligible for the draft.
However, there was still the possibility of the Giants trading the pick to a team that was desperate for a quarterback.