Big Ben Tuesday: Giants Honing in on Saquon Barkley, the Near Perfect Prospect

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Giantland, USA: Saquon Barkley was spotted wearing a New York Giants hoodie in a barber shop over the weekend. He looked glorious. There are a lot of ways the Giants can go, but signs are pointing to Saquon Road. Is he the right pick?

Quenton Pancake

My sixteen month old twin daughters are now pretty comfortable on their feet and the weather was nice for a second, so I took them to the park on Saturday. The highlight was my oldest twin pancaking a fat, older kid on to his butt. It was not malicious, he was just in the way. It was clear to me then and there; the Giants should draft Quenton Nelson, the best guard prospect in a generation.

But as I was insincerely apologizing to the kid’s Dad, unable to fully mask my swelling pride, my other daughter took the opportunity to dart around her sister and the chubby kid on the ground and beat them both to the bouncy horse thing. I knew then, Saquon must be the pick.

Later, as we prepared to leave, one daughter dropped her pacifier and bent over to pick it up. The other saw it and decided she wanted that pacifier, even though she had one of her own. So she reached around her sister’s back and swatted down on her arm. The pacifier dropped to the ground and she quickly scooped it up. Strip sack. Bradley Chubb is the pick!

Reppin’ Big Blue

So yeah, it’s hard to be Dave Gettleman right now. But I think we can all agree, Saquon looks mighty good in blue. The Giants reportedly think he is the near perfect prospect and the RB cupboard is pretty bare. Jonathan Stewart was signed for leadership and Darkwa and Vereen are gone.

It sure would be fun to hear Saquon’s name called on draft day, but I’m conflicted. It’s probably not the right thing to do. It’s like going in for a nightcap with your buddy’s only ex-girlfriend. You know it’s not a good idea, but you really want to anyway.

Gettleman has a history of drafting D linemen in the first round so it could easily be Chubb. Just so we’re all on the same page, there is also a running back named Chubb, Nick from Georgia. You don’t want to be the guy at the draft party who mixes up your Chubbs.  I for one will be ecstatic if the Giants come out of this draft with two Chubbs.

If I’m Gettleman I’m hoping Elway calls. If he can get a few picks for only dropping down to fifth, they could probably still get Nelson, and add some picks to address their other holes. As a college girlfriend constantly reminded me, never ignore the other holes. Suddenly you have at least half of a OL and Beckham, Engram, Shepard and Co look more imposing. But trading down appears unlikely at the moment. Someone will have to come with a big offer to pry that pick from Gettleman. The Bills are desperate, but I can’t see the Giants moving down that far unless the Bills offer a RG3+ package.

Bradley, not Nick

If the Giants on pass Nelson and end up with project type O linemen, you’re looking at a starting guard tandem of John Jerry and Patrick Omameh. The Eagles added Michael Bennett to an already great D line. I think it’s safe to say they’re not huddled in fear of playing against those two twice a season. On a related note, I’m really freaking tired of the term “Hog Mollies.” It was fun for about ten minutes but it’s time to move on. I’ll bet Gettleman thinks he can find a guard later in the draft.

That’s my time. What’s more disgusting than a JFK bathroom? Angry Ward is here tomorrow. You can follow us on Twitter at @BenWhit8, @MeetTheMatts, @Matt_McCarthy00, Instagram @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

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Ben Whitney comes from journalistic stock. Aside from his brothers, rumor has that his great-great grandfather was the youngest brother of Eli Whitney and covered the earliest "rounders" games. Big Ben is also another New York Rugby Club player/pal of Different Matt, Short Matt and Junoir Blaber. He likes film noir discussions, has twin girls and took up ice hockey after retiring from rugby.

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