NEW YORK’S LATEST GIANT
Over the last decade or so, there have been running backs named Adrian Peterson, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson, Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott that have taken first at their position in the NFL Draft. Without diving into stats, we know that some have panned out while others would be best left forgotten. Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants, is the latest name in running backs that have been taken first in their draft class. Todd McShay of ESPN has ranked him just behind Adrian Peterson and ahead of guys like Richardson, Elliot, and Marshawn Lynch.
Barkley was born in the Bronx, so he knows New York. The only question is will he feel pressure playing in his hometown, the Big Apple? From his assertive statements, it seems like he will be able to handle it just fine, as a true New Yorker would:
“People expect me to be this, be that. Obviously people shape a career for me, or shape what I should be. But I already have a high standard for myself. I really don’t feel pressure from no one at all.” – Saquon Barkley
Barkley seems to have stats to back up his unwavering confidence as well. During his time at Penn State, he set school records for most rushing touchdowns (43), yards by a freshman (1,076) and sophomore (1,496) as well as most total yards in one game (358).
In total, the football star brings his 5,038 total yards and 51 TDs during Penn State into the NFL for the 2018 season with high expectations. Ready or not, everyone will be watching!
By Steve Farace