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Giants draft RB Saquon Barkley

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

With the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Giants have selected former Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley. This move gives the Giants security in the backfield, as they have not had a star back since Tiki Barber.

The Giants were mentioned as a potential trade partner for a team looking to move up. However, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman decided to hold onto their selection and take the top running back in the draft.

Saquon Barkley is seen here playing against the Washington Huskies in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Getty Images)

Saquon Barkley is seen here playing against the Washington Huskies in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Getty Images)

This is the second biggest accomplishment in his life. On Tuesday, he welcomed his daughter into the world with his girlfriend.

Barkley has the potential to be a star in North Jersey. He’ll join the backfield that already consists of Jonathan Stewart, Wayne Gellman, Paul Perkins, Terrell Watson and Jalen Simmons.

Stewart joined the Giants as a free agent after a decade with the Carolina Panthers. Despite being on the decline, he could still be used – but he is not a featured back. And the rest of the backs do not have the potential that Barkley brings to the table.

Watson and Simmons could be released before the season, as they could just be camp bodies.

This past season, as a junior, Barkley appeared in 13 games. He had 217 carries for 1,271 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.

He also had 54 receptions for 632 yards and three more touchdowns.

As a sophomore, he appeared in 14 games. He had 272 carries for 1,496 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.

Barkley also had 28 receptions for 402 receiving yards and four more touchdowns.

He appeared in 11 games during his freshman campaign in 2015. He had 182 carries for 1,076 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Barkley had 20 receptions for 161 yards and an additional touchdown.

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