Giants GM Dave Gettleman has made it clear that he won’t necessarily take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. Of course, he wouldn’t say who else he was considering.
But it sure sounded like he expects Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to be sitting atop his draft board when it’s done.
There’s no doubt he is, and both Gettleman and Giants coach Pat Shurmur have said they don’t have a problem with taking a running back second overall. For years, the prevailing thought in the NFL was that running backs could be found later, and that building an offensive line was far more important. But a recent run of game-changing running backs – like Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles’ Todd Gurley – has seemingly changed all that.
Advice: Big Ten linemen like Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard or Michigan DT Maurice Hurst appear to be scheme fits for Schwartz and might be solid options at the back of the first round.
All-world LT Jason Peters is 36 and trying to came back from an ACL tear that ended his 2017 season after seven games. Could be time to start eyeing his successor.
Advice: If GM Howie Roseman wanted to find a high-end replacement immediately, he’d probably have reasonable shots at players like Pitt’s Brian O’Neill or UCLA’s Kolton Miller at the end of Round 1. But the Eagles won’t pick again until Round 4, when projects like Humboldt State’s Alex Cappa or North Carolina A&T’s Brandon Parker are more realistic options.