But should the Giants plump for Barkley, they'll be teaming him with Manning, the incandescent Odell Beckham Jr, up-and-coming receiver Sterling Shepard, promising young tight end Evan Engram and the NFL's best-paid offensive lineman Nate Solder, to form a potentially explosive offense. Meanwhile, the New York Jets (traded up to No. 3 overall with the Indianapolis Colts) are all but guaranteed to take a QB. He's nearly assuredly not going No. 1, but Barkley's still likely to be off the board by the time the Colts pick at No. 6, and will assuredly not be around by the time the 49ers announce their pick at No. 9.
We really think the Giants would have traded out of here by now if they didn't plan on taking a quarterback. But look for running back Saquon Barkley and pass-rusher Bradley Chubb to go early too. You can click on the player names for profiles of the top 10 players, or click the next button to go through the entire mock draft.
But the NFL Draft is an opportunity to instill some charisma and hope within the franchise's fans.
On concerns teams might have about him handling the media in NY: "I don't think it's going to be an issue at all, and I think people kind of have that preconceived notion of a small-town school coming to a big market. And it might not be this year where he makes a significant move, but I think long term, I can't wait to see what Lamar Jackson becomes". So, just knowing that I went there and did what I was supposed to do, people will hopefully remember what I did for the university. I'm going to work and that's something that I've been doing since my sophomore, junior year of high school, working and pushing myself and pushing others and pushing my teammates.
The counter-argument is that productive runners generally can be found in the draft's middle rounds. Ward is the best pure corner in the NFL Draft.
"There's a lot of depth at both the offensive line and running back", Ballard said. But where and when is the biggest question as there is a possibility we could see each of these top prospects off the board by the end of day two. But Nelson is considered so good that he is likely to break that trend. He might be the best overall player in this draft.
In his final public comments before the Broncos actually make a pick in this year's draft, president of football operations/general manager John Elway said Thursday that he still would consider using the No. 5 pick on a quarterback if it were the one he liked the most.
Of course, whether Dorsey would try to move back into the first round depends on which players remain on the board.
The Browns have assembled more talent and added high draft picks in their quest to regain relevance. If he drafts the guy that turns out to be a franchise QB for the Jets, he will receive praise for the rest of his time in NY from a fanbase that has been looking for a quarterback for years.