#1 – Penn State RB Saquon Barkley
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys went from the bottom of their respective divisions to playoff contenders after selecting a game-changing running back. Of course, having a legitimate offensive line helps, but it’s rare to find a running back of Barkley, Fournette, or even Elliott’s caliber. The G-Men elected to pass on Todd Gurley for Ereck Flowers, and then Los Angeles signed Andrew Whitworth in free agency this past offseason. How’s that working out for the Los Angeles Rams?
Barkley is one of the rare tailbacks that can be a 1,000-yard rusher in his rookie season. That’s what Manning and the Giants need if they hope to compete for a Super Bowl in the next two-to-three seasons. The G-Men have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012, and make no mistake about it, Barkley will make one NFL franchise very happy.
Both Miller and Kiper have Barkley as the No. 1 overall prospect on their respective Big Boards. The Nittany Lions dual-threat 5-foot-11, 228-pound tailback has amassed 3,706 rushing yards, 1,157 receiving yards, and 49 touchdowns in three seasons at Penn State.