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The NFL playoffs are still in process but for most of the NFL
03-05-2019, 09:16 AM,
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The NFL playoffs are still in process but for most of the NFL
draft season is in full swing. There is no clearer indication of that than the fact that ESPN’s draft expert , Mel Kiper Jr., has released his first mock draft of the year. As we have come to expect over the last year, the mock draft has the New York Giants landing who they hope is their future franchise quarterback. In Kipers’ first simulation, the Giants make Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins the first quarterback off the board. Raptor’s thoughts: Kiper must be reading Big Blue View, because it wasn’t all that long ago (Dec. 31st), that Mark Schofield laid down a plan for the future of the Giants’ quarterback position. If you missed that post — and you should absolutely go back and read it — the thrust of his argument was “Shut up and draft Haskins, you dopes!” Mark advocated making whatever moves necessary to acquire the Ohio State QB. And given the Giants’ uncertain future at the position and Haskins’ ability, it makes sense. Personally, Haskins’ age and inexperience gives me pause. I typically believe that the more experience a QB can have before he enters the NFL the better. To me, it’s better to develop on the field than on the bench, and seeing more defenses Cheap Will Hernandez Jersey , being in more live situations, and getting more physical maturity before making the leap to the NFL. Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson are great and hit the ground running like few QBs ever do, but could they have done so if they hadn’t used every second of eligibility available to them? However, what’s done is done, and Haskins is the top prospect at a position of both need and with dire consequences for the future of the franchise. Even if it means passing on a talent like Ed Oliver (who is still on the board in this draft), the cap flexibility having a franchise quarterback on a rookie deal would give the Giants is a massive advantage.Haskins is one of three quarterbacks drafted in the first round, with Kyler Murray going 13th overall to the Miami Dolphins and Daniel Jones going 29th overall to the New England Patriots.Saquon Barkley tells Peter King he had doubts about playing football Since arriving in East Rutherford, New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley has not only at times looked like a veteran running back, he’s also gone about his business like someone who has played in the league a lot longer than one game.Surprisingly, Barkley wasn’t always so sure about his athletic future. In an exclusive interview airing on Football Night in America, Barkley admitted to NFL insider Peter King that at one point Cheap Eli Manning Jersey , he had doubts about his football future.It was Barkley’s father Alibay who convinced his son to stick with the game.“That’s when my life just kind of changed for me, when my mentality started changing, when I started really envisioning myself playing in the NFL and playing college football.”Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, had a very successful three-year career for Penn State. He rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns on 671 carries and added another 1,195 yards and 8 touchdowns on 102 receptions.The Giants have been intrigued not only by Barkley's running ability, but also by his ability to create mismatches in space. In last week’s game, Barkley gained 106 yards on 18 carries, including a 68-yard touchdown run. He also added two receptions for 22 yards.Barkley’s budding NFL career might just be getting started, but already the 21-year-old rookie has recognized a couple of goals. The first was his buying a new home for his family.“My family had their own struggles before and that’s something that I thought we never really had ,” he told King. “We obviously always had a home but had to pay rent. Now, my mom doesn’t really have to focus on that anymore.”The other accomplishment is that he’s now in the Madden video game, a fact that has his father beyond thrilled.“The one thing that I am excited (for), is that my son is on Madden. That’s crazy,” Alibay Barkley told King. The full interview, which will also include quotes from Hall of Fame Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith on Barkley, will air before the Giants and Cowboys kickoff their contest at 8:20 p.m.

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