The Saquon Barkley Show is officially heading to the NFL. With the No. 2 pick of the first round, Barkley has been selected by the New York Giants.
Barkley, who became a father just days ahead of the NFL Draft, was widely recognized as the top overall player in the 2018 draft. Barkley left Penn State as one if the most decorated players in program history. In three seasons, he finished with the most career rushing touchdowns and placed second in career rushing yards, coming just 89 yards short of Evan Royster’s record. During his junior season, Barkley was recognized as the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year, Running Back of the Year and Return Specialist of the Year. He also named as an AP All-American, won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player, the Chicago Tribune Football as the MVP of the Big Ten, and finished fourth in the Heisman race.
Barkley will bring instant firepower to the Giants’ offense. His unique combination of power, speed and vision makes him a home-run threat each time he touches the ball, with the strength to run between the tackles and excel in short-yardage situations. he is also an outstanding receiver, and is frequently used as a weapon out of the backfield where he easily creates mismatches.
If that’s not enough, Barkley has developed a reputation as the hardest-working player on the team who is constantly looking for ways to improve his game. This was especially evident in the weight room, as he shattered several Penn State lifting records that were previously held by linemen.
Needless to say, the Giants just picked up a legion of new fans who will follow Barkley’s career in New York.