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Ex-Giants GM option hints he knows about No. 2 pick plans.

Louis Riddick is not a Giants insider, but he might know something that outsiders do not. If that is the case, then expect this: The Giants will eschew taking a quarterback in the upcoming draft, opting instead to use the No. 2-overall pick on Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. “I have a feeling that...
Time: 17:22     Date: 16.04.2018
Last US Sport News: Ex-Giants GM option hints he knows about No. 2 pick plans. NY Post 24 - US News

If that is the case, then expect this: The Giants will eschew taking a quarterback in the upcoming draft, opting instead to use the No. 2-overall pick on Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

“I have a feeling that there is a strong, strong, strong sentiment within that building for Saquon Barkley, based upon my experience there, if you know what I mean,’’ Riddick said Monday on a conference call.

Was Riddick winking slyly when he said that? There was no way to tell that over the phone, but clearly, he believes he knows something that others might not.

Back on Dec. 21, the Giants were saddled with a record of 2-12, having already fired their head coach and general manager when they interviewed Riddick for the GM position left vacant when Jerry Reese was dismissed, a position that went to Dave Gettleman. Riddick, an ESPN analyst with strong NFL ties as a former player and personnel executive, met with Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and also Ernie Accorsi, the former general manager hired as a consultant for the search. The Giants’ power brokers did not clue Riddick in on everything relating to the team, but, based on spending time with the owners, Riddick believes Barkley should and will be the pick.

“I think Saquon Barkley is just a special kid, I really do,” Riddick said. “I think he will help Eli [Manning] because he will give him someone who he can turn around and hand the ball off to between 25 and 28 times a game.”

Louis RiddickJoe Faraoni/ESPN Images

Riddick also mentioned Barkley’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and his skill at pass-protection.

“I think he presents something that can really help this football team,’’ Riddick said.

If the Browns take Barkley with the No. 1 pick, Riddick believes Bradley Chubb, a defensive end from North Carolina State, is a solid fallback option.

“There is another who projects very, very well to the scheme that [defensive coordinator] James Bettcher will run there, [who] is obviously Bradley Chubb, who can play in a two-point, play out of the three-point, is very multiple like that, and is just like Chandler Jones,” Riddick said. “When you think about it, he’d be perfect for a team like this. If Bill Belichick ever got his hands on a player like Bradley Chubb, look out. It would just be lights-out. That’s the kind of player who would fit well with the Giants, as well.”

Riddick is not especially bullish on this year’s quarterback class entering the draft and, when he interviewed with the Giants, stated he would stick with the 37-year-old Manning. Riddick, though, admitted: “I realize that you should be considering the future as far as Eli is concerned and will you have the chance to get a quarterback that you can now sit and park behind him, have him learn, and hopefully be your quarterback for the next 10-12 years, hopefully two or three contracts down the road? I can understand why that is a strong argument and a strong consideration for them.’’

It would not be Riddick’s choice for the Giants to select a quarterback that high in the draft.

“Personally,” he said, “I wouldn’t go there.”

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