Saquon Barkley has a retort for those who think Giants should have drafted Sam Darnold

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has heard the argument that the Giants shouldn’t have drafted him last year. It would be impossible for him to ignore it.

Barkley understands why some Giants fans believe the team should have drafted a quarterback with their first-round pick last season. He also knows there’s nothing he can do to convince those fans he was the right choice.

The Giants held the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Barkley and Sam Darnold were both on the board when they picked.

Fans argued that while Barkley would be a sure thing, he also played a position that has decreased in importance in recent seasons. The passing game is king in the NFL, and running backs can often be replaced adequately by their backups. Look at C.J. Anderson and the Los Angeles Rams and Damian Williams and the Kansas City Chiefs if you need proof of that.

Darnold, on the other hand, played the most important position in football. If he developed into a franchise player, the Giants would be set for the next decade.

Saquon Barkley knows he can't do much to sway Giants fans who wanted the team to take Sam Darnold. (AP)
Saquon Barkley knows he can't do much to sway Giants fans who wanted the team to take Sam Darnold. (AP)

The Giants went with Barkley. And while Barkley won the Rookie of the Year award last season, the Giants still went 5-11 with Barkley playing at a high level. Darnold and the New York Jets won fewer games, but have the opportunity to improve drastically if Darnold takes a step forward in 2019.

After passing on Darnold, the Giants are expected to take a quarterback in the 2019 NFL draft. They’ll have to hope that player is at least as good as Darnold.

If he’s not, the Barkley vs. Darnold debate is never going away.


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