With the No. 2 selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Giants will ultimately control the direction the first round goes after the Cleveland Browns will more-than-likely take a quarterback off the board at No. 1.
According to an article written this weekend by Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, an anonymous national NFL scout close to Giants general manager Dave Gettleman revealed to the newspaper that New York is infatuated with former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. They apparently consider him a “near-perfect” draft prospect who’s better than Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot.
“I thought all along this is the guy Dave wants,” said the scout familiar with Gettleman. “And he might get him if Cleveland is dumb enough not to take him at No. 1.”
The scout also said that Gettleman will likely not selected a quarterback and has narrowed his decision down to Barkley, North Carolina State standout defensive lineman Bradley Chubb, and Notre Dame star offensive lineman Quenton Nelson.
“I don’t think Dave will take a quarterback,” the national scout said. “I don’t see it. I could see Chubb putting on that gold jacket. I could see Nelson putting on that gold jacket. Barkley, no question. If you have a crystal ball and say, ‘This guy is gonna be an annual All-Pro and make it to the Hall of Fame,’ Barkley would be the No. 1 guy.”
In what direction will the Giants decide to go with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft? Is Barkley simply too good to pass up or will New York address another position of need for their quarterback of the future, the offensive line, or along the defensive line? With already less than two weeks until the draft, those burning questions still need to be answered.