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Giants news, 3/2: Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson make their cases

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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Many of you out there would love to see Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in a Giants uniform. On Thursday at the NFL Combine, Barkley told a throng of media that the Giants would be “a good fit.”

“If I was fortunate to go to a team like that, that would be a good fit. Any team in my mind would be a good fit,” Barkley said. “They were in a lot of games last year too. Had a lot of injuries. They’ve got a lot of great players. A quarterback that’s established and has proven himself.”

Barkley met with the Giants Thursday and is aware of the mock draft projections.

“I’m very active in social media. So I see mock this and mock that. But you can’t get caught up in it. If you get caught up in it, you take away from yourself and you take away from your craft. You can only control what you can control,” Barkley said. “I can’t control what the Browns or Jets or Giants or Colts do. I can only control what I do. I can control how I work every single day. I can control my work ethic and how I lead.”

Quenton Nelson

Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, considered the best offensive lineman in the draft, grew up rooting for the Giants.

“I’m in central Jersey so I grew up a Giants fan watching Geoff Schwarz, Shaun O’Hara, Chris Snee, all those guys,” he said. “They had a great interior line, and won a couple Super Bowls so that was awesome being a Giants fan.”

Nelson didn’t shy away from talk that he could be one of the first five players selected in the upcoming draft.

“I think I should be talked in that regard, the top five conversation because you have guys that are dominating the NFL right now in Aaron Donald and Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox that have just been working on interior guys and you need guys to stop them, and I think I’m one of those guys,” he said.

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