Giants should have drafted Sam Darnold instead of Saquon Barkley

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Although Saquon Barkley is looking like a stud for the Giants, the truth of the matter is that they should have drafted Sam Darnold over him.

Eli Manning is done as a starting quarterback, and the New York Giants have known this for quite a while now.

His struggles over the past couple of seasons further illustrate that the Giants should have gone with a quarterback instead of a running back in the 2018 NFL Draft, specifically, a dude name Sam Darnold.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Saquon Barkley, the guy the Giants picked in the first round, is turning out to be the second coming of Marshawn Lynch, a powerful back who can do multiple things on offense. He has made his presence known, and in a year’s time, Barkley will be recognized as one of the top running backs in the league.

Barkley’s play, however, has not papered over the poor play of Eli, and the glaring downgrade of the Giants’ starting quarterback, the man who lead the Giants to two Super Bowl rings, is continuing to haunt the Big Blue.

Of course, Darnold isn’t perfect himself. His timing in the huddle could use a little work, but once he figures out the finer points of the NFL and gets some talent around him, look out. And for Big Blue Nation, the fact that he’s doing it with the New York Jets, hurts even more.

He should have been a Giant, and he was right there for the taking. Instead, they went with Barkley, thinking that Manning still had some game left in the tank.

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Nope, that tank is on empty, and there is no gas station in sight.

Manning will forever be immortalized in the hearts of Big Blue Nation, but his time is over, and it’s a shame the Giants front office didn’t see what everyone else saw on Draft Day.