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Giants sign international RB Sandro Platzgummer - Giants.com

The 6 foot, 208-pound Austrian running back is a member of the NFL’s International Pathway Program, and he spent last season with the Giants as a member of the practice squad.

New York Giants 7-round mock draft: What if they trade back from No. 11? - The Athletic

Giants Mock Draft 2021: Balancing depth and long-term potential - Pro Football Network

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Denver Broncos select Alabama’s Mac Jones at No. 9 overall, Trey Lance falls to the Patriots at No. 15 - PFF.com

With the 2021 NFL Draft now nine days away, the mock draft craze is in full swing. With that, writers from all over are predicting what the G-Men will do at 11 and beyond. Here are a couple Giants-only and NFL wide mock drafts.

Ranking the NFL’s 5 Most Likely Players to Hold Out of the 2021 Season - Bleacher Report

2. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

A star running back always seems to pop up in summer holdout discussions, and Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants should be next.

Barkley, the second pick in 2018, was one of the league’s most electric players at the devalued position until a torn ACL limited him to two games in 2020. Over the course of 31 games, he’s averaged 4.7 yards per carry with 17 scores and, in true workhorse fashion, also caught 149 passes with six more scores.

As the second overall pick, Barkley stands to have a sound $10 million cap hit in 2021 before a fifth-year option that would put him in the $7.2 million range. But the post-third year window is something of the norm for premier running backs and extensions given the brutal nature of the position—and Barkley’s injury could motivate this even more.

It will be interesting to see if Barkley settles for a longer-term deal for security purposes or if he aims for a market-resetting number. He’s talented enough to do so, and he could argue he’s a critical part of the equation for a team still trying to rebuild around Daniel Jones with head coach Joe Judge at the controls.

This one is a tough one. When healthy, Barkley is a superstar capable of making big-time plays for the Giants. He showed that much in his rookie season when he ran for 1,307 yards and accumulated an NFL-leading 2,028 yards from scrimmage en route to Rookie of the Year honors. But since then, he has missed significant time in the past two seasons and is coming off an ACL tear. Barkley could certainly have a 2012 Adrian Peterson type comeback season, but with co-owner John Mara claiming the team isn’t in “any hurry” to get a deal done, who knows what Barkley will do next.

For Miami DL Gregory Rousseau, His Tape Is About Quality, Not Quantity - Giants Country

Speaking to writer Patricia Trania, Rousseau discusses what makes him an elite edge rusher as the Giants go into the 2021 Draft looking for just that.

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