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NFL’s Saquon Barkley craze peaks: ‘Punch myself in the nuts’
After Saquon Barkley put his freak body and athletic ability on display at the NFL Combine, a coach is willing to give up his to get the future star.
I would punch myself in the nuts many, many, many times to be able to draft him, an assistant coach told Bleacher Report..
If the Browns take Barkley at No. 1, then what? It looks as if the Browns will go for Darnold, but if they wait on a quarterback and take Barkley, the guess here is the Giants take Chubb. They view the drop-off at defensive end after Chubb as much greater than the drop-off at guard after Nelson. The Giants are confident they can get a starting-caliber guard in the second round, with the 34th overall pick. They believe Chubb stands alone as the best all-around defensive end in this draft. Plus, they are cognizant they pushed Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon to near-exhaustion last year, and that in their Super Bowl-winning years they had a formidable three-man rotation at defensive end. Chubb would get at least 30 snaps a game, immediately, and could be viewed, as early as 2019, as JPP’s replacement. Plus, as someone with knowledge of the Giants’ thinking said, Chubb is squeaky clean.
So, the Giants are not keen on Nelson? Au contraire. They love him. They could envision him anchoring their offensive line for a decade, a bigger, better Chris Snee, which is quite a standard to live up to.
For the past two seasons, Rodgers-Cromartie transitioned out of on outside cornerback spot to make way for Eli Apple, moving inside as the nickel back and with reduced snaps he played well. At 6-foot-2 and 203 pounds, even after 10 NFL seasons he remains one of the fastest players on the roster and has missed only eight games in his career.
Moving to free safety, though, is a big change. He can run sideline-to-sideline and is rangy, but is not a big hitter and will have to take a much broader view of the action. If this works, the Giants will have Landon Collins at strong safety and Rodgers-Cromartie competing with Darian Thompson at free safety in the defense new coordinator James Bettcher puts together.
It’s gonna be a matter of if his eyes are going to be able to make that transition from having tunnel-vision to having that zone peripheral vision,” Rolle said. That’s going to be the biggest thing. We all know he’s as fast as he wants to be. It’s going to be a matter of his eyes triggering his brain and his feet. Obviously he’s going to have to make more open-field tackles. It all depends on what he’s going to be asked to do, because I’m sure if DRC makes that move, Landon will be used pretty much around the box, he’s better around the box and the core area and DRC will be asked to pretty much zone the field.