Saquon Barkley’s Expectations in 2018
When you are drafting a top 5 pick in the draft and do not select a quarterback the expectation is the first round pick contributes immediately. With the Giants in dire need to jumpstart a ground game, the Giants brass decided to select a potential franchise running back. This could be a risk because franchise running backs are a rarity in the NFL and the lifespan of running backs in the NFL is very short lived. Even with these negative stereotypes, there is still excitement about Big Blue drafting Barkley.
With the selection of Saquon Barkley number two overall there is tremendous anticipation to see what Barkley will do for the G-Men. Outside of the high draft pick, there are two major reasons why Barkley is predicted to be a beast upon entering the leagues.
The first reason why Barkley is believed to make an immediate impact was that of how Barkley performed at Penn State. During his time at State College Barkley could do it all whether it was running the ball catching the ball or returning kicks. Barkley was the incarnation of a nightmare for Big Ten opposition in 2017 as Barkley was in scoring position every time he had the ball. The faithful followers of the Giants hope Barkley can thrash the NFC East the way Big Ten members were victimized during Barkley’s tenure.
The second reason why Barkley is anticipated to contribute immediately are the measurables from the draft combine. While the draft measurables do not always coincide with success Barkley’s numbers are eye-popping. Running a 4.4 40 yard dash, bench pressing 225 pounds 29 times and a 41-inch vertical jump are freakish. This performance puts Barkley in the top 1% in the history of the combine and while it validates Barkley’s draft selection these measurables lead to an increased burden on Barkley’s 2018 performance.
With Barkley’s performance both on the field and at the combine, it justifies the selection of Barkley at number 2. And with the great performance also leads to increased hype around how Barkley will perform in 2018 and seasons after. Barkley has the college resume and measurables to predictably dominate the NFL and all Barkley needs to do is dominate the NFL.