Where will Saquon Barkley go?

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After a stellar Scouting Combine workout, some spoke openly of Penn State running back Saquon Barkley being the first overall pick in the draft. After the Browns signed Carlos Hyde early in free agency, the prospect of Barkley to the Browns at No. 1 became a much tougher proposition.

So where will Barkley go, assuming the Browns won’t make him the first overall pick in the draft?

Earlier this week, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said in a conference call that it’s “inevitable” the Giants will take Barkley at No. 2. Albert Breer of SI.com, however, suggests that Barkley could slide a bit, due to the reality that plenty of quality running backs can be found at any and every round of the draft.

There was plenty of quality in last year’s draft, but that didn’t stop former Panthers G.M. (now Giants G.M.) Dave Gettleman from taking Christian McCaffrey with the eighth overall pick. Now running the Giants — and potentially a workhorse running back away from opening up an offense that has quarterback Eli Manning, receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, and tight end Evan Engram — the question becomes whether Gettleman will indeed take Barkley at No. 2 and, if not, how far he’d fall?

The Jets apparently won’t take him at No. 3. Would the Browns make him the fourth pick? The Broncos at No. 5?

Barkley’s floor seems to be the Colts at No. 6; Indy needs star players, and it was the arrival of Edgerrin James 19 years ago that helped the Colts become a consistent contender, on a year-in, year-out basis.

Before that becomes an issue, Barkley has to get past the Giants at No. 2. That feels like a slim proposition, at least for now.

15 responses to “Where will Saquon Barkley go?

  1. .
    If Denver had the first pick, they’d probably take Barkley. If somehow he survives until five the Broncos will grab him in a New York second.
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  2. Browns are gonna shock the world and take him at #1 (at least they should… the Browns need starters, not projects and question marks) this is a can’t miss!

  3. Wow, just in time: another mock analysis of where this player will end up. Good thing I read it, since I need to know in advance of the draft.

  4. Edgerrin James was a great running back for Indianapolis. Dude went over 1500 yards four times in his seven years as a Colt, including 3,262 in his first two seasons.

    *If* Luck is healthy into the future, Barkley makes sense.

  5. I’m so sick of this nonsense that running backs are a dime a dozen.

    Jerry was willing to fight a war to keep Zeke and the Steelers have spent the past two years desperately trying to retain the services of the top back in football, settling for paying him top dollar and hurting their cap in the process.

    The Seahawks can’t run the ball and the lions have been desperate to find a feature back for years.

    Barkley is LaDanian 2.0. Truly. So when you look at these QBs you have to ask yourself if any are more than just an above average Matt Hasselbeck game manager type.

    Personally I don’t think any are but Barkley, based on his tape, looks like the best running back to come out since AP.

    On that note he should be the first pick especially since there’s no Andrew Luck/Cam Newton in this class

  6. Giants. Gettleman is desperate to get Giants back to power run football….Giants have no need at QB and will make that claim LOUDLY

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