Todd McShay: Giants landing RB Saquon Barkley feels 'inevitable'

Saquon Barkley-to Giants hype takes biggest leap yet

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According to Baskin, Barkley's agents have gone as far as advising Barkley to refuse to play in Cleveland, but Barkley "never considered" that route as an option. "Barkley carries the highest running back grade we've given since (Adrian) Peterson".

The optics that would come with pulling an Eli Manning and demanding a draft day trade wouldn't be all too good in today's social media age.

Ben Baskin of Sports Illustrated recently published an article that claimed Barkley's representatives are attempting to keep him away from the Cleveland Browns.

"I've heard really strongly that there are important people in that building who believe in Saquon Barkley the player, that that's what they want to be", McShay added. But that did little to quell the Barkley-to-the-Giants-at-No.

The working theory is that Cleveland will select a quarterback at No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. "If you spend 10 minutes with Saquon you understand that he's going to be the face of a franchise".

The Giants have several ways they can go with the No. 2 pick. However, Barkley shot down their suggestion of demanding the Browns not to draft him. The Penn State standout running back is quite possibly the most talented runner in the draft in years, yet there are questions.

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However, Barkley is open to going to Cleveland at No. 1 overall because he believes he could potentially bring a championship to the city and be hailed a hero in much the same way LeBron James was when he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first National Basketball Association title.

Still, the momentum is all headed toward the Giants selecting Barkley at two, presuming the Browns draft a quarterback, most likely USC's Sam Darnold, at one - though that apparently still isn't a given.

"If I'm John Dorsey and I have the first and fourth picks I know where I go".

As it turns out, Barkley is eager to take on the challenge of going to Cleveland and becoming the Browns' LeBron James, as his longtime friend Kayla Cunningham told ESPN's Ian O'Connor.

That talk has faded in recent weeks as a dash toward the top of the draft order has begun, highlighted by the New York Jets' trade up to No. 3 with the Indianapolis Colts.

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