This underrated RB could be a mid-round steal for the NY Giants offense

It will be hard for Joe Schoen to pass up on this running back in the middle rounds

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The once-beloved Saquon Barkley departed for the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles earlier this offseason, infuriating all of the Big Blue fans that had grown to love him. For the first time in several years, the New York Giants must search for a new franchise running back now that the two-time Pro Bowler is gone.

General manager Joe Schoen already signed former Buffalo Bills tailback Devin Singletary to a three-year contract, and he is the presumed starter for the upcoming season. However, he might not be the final piece of the puzzle. New York still needs to reinforce its backfield depth to enhance the run game.

After missing out on AJ Dillon and other backs in free agency, who will the Giants pursue? There are a number of options at running back in the draft, but one player in particular could complement the undersized Singletary nicely with his power-back archetype.

Wisconsin RB Braelon Allen could be a draft steal for the NY Giants

Braelon Allen is one of the most unique running backs in this draft class. His formidable frame, effectiveness at the goal line, and tackle-breaking ability in the open field makes him an intriguing mid-round option. Could he be New York's bellcow back of the future?

In 2023, Allen tallied a career-low 984 rushing yards after battling a leg injury toward the end of the season. The Wisconsin star still found the end zone 12 times, finishing his three-year collegiate career with 3,494 yards on the ground and 35 touchdowns. Allen also showcased his ability as a receiver out of the backfield in 2023, catching 28 passes after reeling in just 21 receptions in his first two campaigns.

Allen measured in at 6-1, 235 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, 10 pounds down from what he weighed at Wisconsin. While he decided not to participate in athletic testing like the 40-yard dash, Allen is opting to focus on becoming more explosive as he begins his transition to the NFL.

It is not every day that you find a running back with Allen's size. He would be the perfect player to utilize for short-yard situations and early downs, especially when New York is in the red zone. Even if Allen plays sparingly in his first year, he could benefit from having some experience under his belt. At 20 years old, he will be an extremely young rookie.

Allen possesses many of the traits that are needed from great NFL running backs. The Giants might not be willing to reach for Allen with the No. 70 overall pick, but if Day 3 of the draft approaches and Allen remains on the board, there is no way Joe Schoen can pass up on him.