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Running Back Rankings: The 32 best RBs entering the 2021 NFL season - PFF

7. SAQUON BARKLEY, NEW YORK GIANTS

One of the most talented backs in the league, Saquon Barkley embodies the cautionary tale of the position, with both injury and environment combining to limit his effectiveness so far at the pro level. Barkley showed what he was capable of as a rookie, but that is his only season that generated a PFF grade above 80.0.

Two injury riddled seasons have not boded well for the former 2nd overall pick, but Barkley’s otherworldly talent when healthy got him the nod at 7 for PFF.

Ranking NFC East quarterbacks: Giants’ Daniel Jones, Eagles’ Jalen Hurts battle for No. 2 behind Cowboys’ Dak Prescott - nj.com

4. Daniel Jones: There’s no questioning physical ability in the Giants’ 2019 first-round pick. Jones can run about as fast as any quarterback not named Lamar Jackson. He can make pretty throws. But we’re talking about a below-average performer with injury concerns. Jones is 8-18 as a starter in the NFL, and our last memory of him is guiding an offense that couldn’t sniff the end zone in December. Jones has one more season to prove he belongs before he jumps on the Mark Sanchez track of bouncing around as a journeyman backup.

It would be extremely hard to find anyone who would disagree with Dak being QB1 in the East right now, but ranking Jones behind Hurts (who has yet to start a full 16 games after taking over for Carson Wentz) and career-journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is an interesting decision to say the least.

Ranking the 2021 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates: Browns and NFC East well-represented - CBS Sports

2. Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Giants (+1400)

For those who believe Ojulari is “undersized” to rush the passer in the NFL — he was almost 6-3 and 249 pounds with 34 1/2-inch arms at the Georgia pro day. In 2011, Von Miller was 6-3 and 246 pounds with 33 1/2-inch arms before entering the NFL.

And while Ojulari isn’t as naturally talented at Miller, had the Bulldogs star stayed in college one more year, Miller-type hype would not have surprised me at all. Ojulari is that explosive, flexible, and deceptively powerful at the point of attack. He was my EDGE1 in the 2021 class, and his edge-setting pop will get him on the field for three downs, thereby increasing his pressure/sack opportunities in Year 1 with the Giants.

New York’s defense is on the upswing and needs a true alpha rusher to pair with newcomer Ifeadi Odenigbo around the corner. Ojulari will be that guy. Big season on the horizon for the Giants’ second-round pick on a playoff-caliber team, the recipe for legitimate DROY candidacy.

Viewed as the top EDGE in many analysts and scouts eyes, Ojulari could stand to make an immediate presence very early in his career in New York. With plenty of talent and athleticism, Ojulari makes sense as an early DROY candidate.

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