The next best-selling jerseys were first overall pick now-Cleveland Brown Baker Mayfield, former Oklahoma quarterback and this year's Heisman Trophy victor, and No. 3 pick now-New York Jet Sam Darnold, former USC quarterback.
Gettleman expects Barkley to meet the challenge.
With no pressure to play right away, Lauletta finds himself in good position to sit and learn from new coach Pat Shurmur and the 37-year-old Manning. In baseball, they call it a five-tool player. Because after watching him for three years, I lean toward yes. I have been doing this for 30-plus years. Because the Giants hired James Bettcher from the Cardinals to be defensive coordinator, they'll likely switch to a three-four defensive scheme, it made sense to move Pierre-Paul. He can do what we call cross the formation.
We all know he can catch the heck out of the rock. Safety Jessie Bates, linebacker Malik Jefferson and edge-rusher Sam Hubbard were all ranked in the top 53 of Matt Miller of Bleacher Report's big board (which you can view within the tracker above). He is powerful, he runs through tackles and he runs through hits. Ben McAdoo, the former coach of the Giants and previously the quarterback coach for the Packers, seemed to be a failed experiment. In the later rounds, for every Brady and Wilson, there are dozens and dozens more that aren't any good at all. He is a great kid and he is going to be great for our culture. He was the unanimous best player in our draft.
"I'm gonna watch him", Barkley said.
"It's such a long season", Barkley said. What he brings to the table can be replicated by only a handful of backs, and he should make a big impact starting Week 1 with the Giants.More news: NFL Draft recap: Eagles added future starters and depth
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How can that be?? He specializes in the run game and should pair very nicely with the first-round pick, Saquon Barkley. But Darnold bounced back nicely, finishing with 4,143 yards passing with 26 touchdowns and 13 INTs and leading USC to an appearance in the Cotton Bowl - a 24-7 loss to Ohio State in which he struggled at times. And how will he fit in with the New York Giants?
Stewart, 31, averaged 3.4 yards per carry while rushing for 680 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games for the Panthers last season.
Then what? While it's true that franchise quarterbacks can be found in later rounds - see Russell Wilson (third round, 2012), Dak Prescott (fourth, 2016) and of course the patron saint of late-round quarterbacks, Tom Brady (sixth, 2000) - the truth is those are rare.
Having some of the best playmakers in the game as your teammates and a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Eli Manning guiding and mentoring will make the transition from college to the National Football League easier for Barkley. Barkley, especially, knows that his rookie year could be hard. He has a bright future ahead and could put up a Bush-type career or better in the NFL.
The Indianapolis Colts came into the 2018 draft with a clear plan, and they have executed it to perfection.