Louis Riddick: Strong sentiment for Saquon Barkley in Giants building

From ESPN - April 16, 2018

There is a strong case to be made that the New York Giants should select a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. Eli Manning hasnt played well in recent years and will be 38 before this upcoming season ends. Hes clearly on the back nine of his career, and his backup, last years third-round pick Davis Webb, is an unknown, having never taken a snap in an NFL game.

All of this still wouldnt sway ESPN analyst Louis Riddick to select a quarterback if he were running the Giants. Riddick interviewed for the general manager position that eventually went to Dave Gettleman late last year.

Riddick conceded a compelling argument could be made to draft a quarterback, but he would take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick.

I think Saquon Barkley is a special kid, I really do, said Riddick, who has been studying players in preparation for being part of ESPNs draft telecast. He will help Eli in terms of giving him someone who he can turn around and hand the ball off to 25-28 times a game. I think his versatility as far as being able to catch the ball out of the backfield, his willingness to pass-protect, his ability to help this offense overall and ... ball control, which will make the defense better ...

I think he presents something that will help this football team not just offensively, but defensively as well because of how the complementary football thing will come into play. That will be my pick.

No Josh Rosen. No Josh Allen. No Baker Mayfield or even Sam Darnold if hes available. Riddick would look elsewhere for the Giants.

In his opinion, its Barkley or North Carolina State edge rusher Bradley Chubb as the two best options.

My two players would be either Saquon or Chubb. Id probably go Saquon, Riddick said on a conference call with reporters. And I have a feeling that there is a strong, strong, strong sentiment within that building for Saquon Barkley based upon my experience there, if you know what I mean.


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