"I have a high opinion of what a running back brings to your offense", Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday.
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Barkley's stock peaked during an outstanding 2017 season, in which he rushed 217 times for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns. If you go to a team like that, obviously they've had some rough years, but I think they're just a couple of pieces away.
For years, the debate of the true value of running backs and the justification for selecting one high in the draft has raged as teams weigh need vs. want, and risk and vs. reward.
With each prospect so heavily scrutinized at this time of year, Barkley has at least likely made a positive impression on the teams drafting early. I can pass-block and I can play special teams.
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That figures to the overriding debate as Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard and his personnel staff prepare for the April 26-28 NFL Draft. Furthermore, the backfield situation is expected to be opening up with the rumored departure of running back Isaiah Crowell.
In three seasons at Penn State, Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns. And depending on who has the draft capital to move up, I think you have to listen. I feel like I can go over top of you, I can beat you with speed, I can beat you with some wiggle, I can run through you. "I would be absolutely stunned if this kid doesn't go in the top five".
Even with the recent success of running backs drafted in the Top 10, the counterpoints to picking a running back with one of those two first-round picks are Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt, both third-round picks a season ago, the latter picked by current Browns GM John Dorsey when he was still with Kansas City.
"You want to be a complete back", he said. Then they went out and won zero games. NY ranked No. 26 in rushing yards in 2017 and No. 29 in 2016, which was due as much to the porous offensive line as it was the lack of talent at running back. "I'm not satisfied with any part of my game", Barkley said. That's something bigger than yourself. But another candidate for the first-overall pick embraced the chance to play in Cleveland.
Barkley's size, timed speed without pads, explosive vertical jump and bench press strength are enough to make National Football League scouts drool. I can run through you. Something that will leave a legacy.
"I've never wanted to be like anybody", Barkley said.