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2018 NFL Draft notes: Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, more

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A few nuggets from the Combine

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The combine is in full swing which is an exciting time for fans of a team that didn’t get much to look forward to during the season . And the biggest winner from the combine on Friday was Saquon Barkley who could definitely be in play for the Giants with the second overall pick, but he wasn’t the only winner. Nick Chubb wasn’t too shabby, and neither was OL Connor Williams.

Speaking of Barkley, he put up historically good numbers at the combine, with a 40-yard dash faster than Devin Hester, more bench press reps than Joe Thomas, and a better vertical than Julio Jones. Another way to look at it from Barkley’s spider chart over at mockdraftable, is Barkley’s 40-yard dash was in the 93rd percentile, his weight was in the 92nd percentile, and vertical jump (91st percentile), and bench press 97th percentile in the database’s running back measurements. Very impressive.

Todd McShay’s primer to NFL Combine drills is worth checking out for the remaining combine days.

Last week, we discussed a little about whether or not productive running backs still come from the first round, while Fieldgulls.com writes an article “spending a top-20 pick on a RB is one of the worst decisions a team can make. Don’t do it, like, ever” and that’s where the Giants will likely be on draft day: the best player in the draft is probably Saquon Barkley, but is he the best value or is QB?

The Josh Rosen question. According to one NFL coach, Josh Rosen was the sharpest QB in Indy. HIs Rosen’s perceived arrogance a hinderance or a sign of confidence and intelligence? That is probably the biggest questions heading into the draft. From my perspective he’s the best prospect for the Giants at No. 2.

No teams have asked Lamar Jackson to play WR, which is good because he’s a really good quarterback, he’s nearly identical to size to Andy Dalton, and didn’t receive enough help form his teammates who dropped too many passes. , Josh Allen even with his low completion percentage didn’t have a high percentage of dropped catchable passes from his teammates.