Lamar Jackson 2017 Rushing: 1,601 Yards
Lamar Jackson Career Rushing: 4,132 Yards
Saquon Barkley 2017 Rushing: 1,271 Yards
Saquon Barkley Career Rushing: 3,843 Yards
Full Disclose: As the 2018 NFL Draft approaches, I am trying my darndest to convince myself that the New York Giants should not use their No. 2 overall draft pick on Saquon Barkley. Yes, he had an amazing NFL Combine but the Giants don’t need a running back. In the 2018 NFL, no team really needs a running back but especially a team that finished 3-13 the year prior.
The New York Jets swapped first round picks and gave away 3 second round picks to move up from No. 6 to No. 3 in this draft. They moved up 3 spots and gave up sooo much to do so because they needed a franchise quarterback in a year that doesn’t even have real franchise-changing quarterbacks.
Imagine the haul the Giants could get if they traded that No. 2 pick? The Giants front office and coaching staff have given Eli Manning the starting job for next season and I wouldn’t be shocked if they allowed him to finish his career as the starter for the New York Football Giants, ya know, unless his arm literally falls off and he can’t complete those 5-yard slant routes anymore.
So what if the Giants traded down and instead of drafting Saquon Barkley No. 2 or like, Sam Darnold, they drafted Lamar Jackson in the late first round and let him sit behind Eli and when the time is right, unleash Lamar upon opposing NFL defenses and watch him finish with more rushing yards than Barkley.
The way the NFL is today, teams are now embracing college offenses and as a result, running quarterbacks are the new wave. Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson were MVP favorites before their knees exploded.
The Run Pass Option is everything right now. Lamar Jackson would murder opposing defenses in that type of offense. Plus, team him up with the quarterback whisperer and new Giants head coach, Pat Shurmur, and Jackson could be the next Michael Vick. But with actual Super Bowl wins.
So yea, before we crown Saquon Barkley god’s gift to football and Lamar Jackson an automatic bust, let’s remember that Jackson was astronomically better than Barkley in college.
Lamar Jackson to Odell Beckham Jr. Heart eyes emoji.
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